Hilarious quote from The Wall Street Journal:
“Marshall Goldsmith, founding director of the Alliance for Strategic Leadership, explains the folly. Because 85% of us think we’re in the top 25% of our peer group, at least six in 10 of us are obviously “delusional” about our abilities.“
Naturally being in the top 25% of my ‘peer group’ (self-delusions aside), I am subjected to work with the 65% of workers whose “delusions of grandeur” greatly outweigh their actual contributions. I’m sure we’ve all had to deal with people like this at work: the self-important conversation dominator, the credit-hogger, the suck-up, etc.
It’s comforting to know that you’re not crazy when you feel a co-worker’s self-assessment doesn’t seem in line with reality.
And for those of you who are frustrated because these delusional people seem to be pulling the wool over management’s eyes, there is some hope. According to Professor Leanne Atwater, professor of management at Arizona State University West:
“over-raters “tend to make more money and get more promotions.” But they also have lower performance, she adds, and only get so far before their careers are derailed.”
That’s right—the cheaters get theirs in the end. So forget trying to play office politics—work on building your office karma instead.