Billionaire entrepreneur Michael Dell gave good advice when he returned to the University of Texas at Austin as commencement speaker in 2003. “Try never to be the smartest person in the room,” he told the graduates of his alma mater.
“It’s not always an advantage to be pretty. It can backfire if you are perceived as a threat.”
Assistant Professor of Management and Organization
“It’s a mixed bag. On the one hand you’re excited about the challenge that’s involved, but you also perceive the threats.”
Kathryn M. Bartol
Co-director, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC)
Teams searching for innovation increase their odds of driving the evolution of a field when they reach out to colleagues — or to research findings — outside their field's area of expertise, a new study from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business suggests.