Ignorance At Work:
Up, Down and Around
They say ignorance is bliss.
For those who have to work up, down, and around
ignorance in the workplace... not so much.
Today I'm re-posting some key concepts from a reader favorite article on managing ignorance in the workplace. If you've ever worked with someone and been frustrated that they just don't "get it"... this article might help. Ignorance is bliss? Not so much.
When you walk into the office today, you may not feel like the smartest person in the room. Chances are, though, you're smarter than someone else. Sometimes, a LOT smarter. You're good at what you do. You make informed decisions. You behave in ways that make sense to others. You earn respect. What could be bad about that?
We interact with people continuously at work. Many of them impact our ability to be successful. What do you do if one of those people is incapable of delivering on their responsibilities? On more than one occasion, you'll be faced with ignorance in the workplace, from a co-worker, or worse yet, your boss.
How do you handle ignorance in others with professionalism?
How do you pick the right battles?
How do you ensure your success, despite others who are ignorant?
How do you keep perceptions of ignorance about your colleagues from tarnishing your reputation?