Google’s Success formula – Lovable Stars vs Jerks?

Thanks to Ralph Kerle for the interesting comparison of creativity at Google and Microsoft. It makes me wonder if there’s something Google isn’t telling us about its hiring policy.  One of my favourite articles for discussions with technical and professional staff is the Harvard Business Review piece on Competent Jerks, Lovable Fools and Social networks.  According to the authors Casciaro and Lobo, there are two dimensions by which we judge our workmates – intelligence and likeability.

I wonder if Google has hit the recruitment jackpot in weeding out the jerks and hiring the lovable stars – people who are both smart and likeable.  As you might guess from your own experience – there seem to be fewer stars than jerks in most workplaces.  Perhaps that’s because all the stars are working at Google.

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