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What to Do with the Underutilized Genius on Your Staff

Have you ever worked on a project for months (or years), and one day a new employee walked in and offered a different way of doing things that was so good it rendered all your work useless? More than likely, you and the rest of your team felt like idiots for not thinking of it first.

It’s easy to be intimidated by someone who clearly outpaces you in intelligence, creativity, social influence or memory. Even if you’re a bright star yourself, there may be someone on your staff with exceptional abilities different than your own.

While having brilliant players on your team can be advantageous, that doesn’t mean they’re easy to manage. People who excel far beyond the norm in a particular talent or mental process can be unconventional, controversial, intolerant, rigid, and/or abrasive to the point that their abilities don’t get fully recognized or integrated effectively.

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Written for BrainTrack External link as a guest post on TechRepublic's IT Leadership External link blog

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