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#326487 - 06/10/20 01:16 PM The Competency Trap
logtroll Offline

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Are Conservatives more susceptible to the competency trap than Liberals?

What is the competency trap?
The causes of competency traps are perhaps best understood by considering the two, sometimes opposing, forces that drive a company forward: the ‘exploitation’ of their existing products, and ‘exploration’ of future opportunities. Each will require its own resources and investments, but if an organisation can balance both, management scientists consider it to be ‘structurally ambidextrous’. Like a person who is both right- and left-handed, the company uses both arms effectively without one dominating the other. For researchers like Heracleous, structural ambidexterity is thought to be the best way to ensure long and successful businesses. A competency trap occurs when the exploitation arm comes to dominate the company’s workings so that it is no longer structurally ambidextrous.

Successful organisations often end up with rigid corporate cultures, for example. “In order to be successful, a company has to develop efficient systems and processes,” says Heracleous. “And over time, it leads to particular paradigms of what the organisation’s identity and core business is and should be.”

If you can run the existing operation while still exploring future opportunities, chances are your company is ‘ambidextrous’.

These assumptions about the ways the company operate can become so deeply embedded, the employees are no longer conscious of the tacit rules, he says. And those rigid attitudes can blind them to the potential of any future innovations.

Heracleous’s research suggests that initial communication difficulties contributed to the competency trap. It was a struggle, apparently, for the researchers in Palo Alto to even meet with the senior management. One insider said that a meeting with the CEO was like a “state visit” from a monarch. “You’d get fifteen minutes to pitch but there’d be no follow-through, no delegation to anyone who could understand what we were saying,” the source said.

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To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”
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#326494 - 06/10/20 07:08 PM Re: The Competency Trap [Re: logtroll]
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That's related to the comment I left on another thread about some programmers being better managers than programmers. That only works if the new manager LETS his programmers be better than he was. So many business and political endeavors fail because of bad management.

I think the ultimate example of this was Adolf Hitler: First of all, he murdered all his smartest scientists or drove them away. Then he started invading other countries in a manner that was unsustainable with his limited resources. A recipe for failure. If he had simply let Germany continue on it's meteoric industrial growth curve, he would have had a European Union, with Germany leading, by 1955. Unbelievably incompetent management.

Aside from the embodiment of evil thing, of course.

#326671 - 06/17/20 05:13 PM Re: The Competency Trap [Re: pondering_it_all]
jgw Offline

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Interesting. I have always maintained that Trump has been a dedicated follower of both Hitler and Mussolini (Hitler for action and Mussolini for speeches and look). He has pretty much got the Mussolini thing down pat and Hitler for ignorance. I think Hitler's main problem is that, for the most part, it was about him and not really Germany. Trump has the same problem and its gonna bite him in the end.

#326674 - 06/17/20 06:13 PM Re: The Competency Trap [Re: logtroll]
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Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 43115
Loc: Puget Sound, WA
Are Conservatives more susceptible to the competency trap than Liberals?

What is the competency trap?

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice

Live Science
Hodson, G. & Busseri, M.A. (2012). Bright minds and dark attitudes: Lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice through right-wing ideology and low intergroup contact. Psychological Science, 23, 187-195.

Pretty sure the same concept applies here too. Hmm , coffee
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