Incident 1: A young man is sitting outside a company’s office, waiting for the result of his interview which happened an hour ago. There is a contender, another guy who has come for the interview as well. The young man is better qualified and experienced and is a better fit to the job at hand than the other. The boss who’s taking the interview however knows who is going to be selected. The boss knows that the interview process is merely a farce since the other chap, although being less qualified and a relatively poor fit to the role, is the son of a distant cousin of the boss. In order to hire the relative, the boss lets go of the better fitted young man.
Incident 2: A highly qualified manager in a reputed firm is negotiating a deal with three different suppliers of a critical component of the machinery the company is operating. The components are critical because without them the machinery is as good as junk. One of the suppliers is known to do good quality work but another of them has done a deal with the manager. There’s going to be a certain component of ‘benefit sharing’ that the manager will be eligible to once the deal with this particular supplier is struck. The manager sees direct benefit and makes a choice to ‘share’ the benefit and strike the deal with the second guy.
Low IQ Behavior
What do you think such situations, which are certainly not uncommon in organizations, do to the health of the organizations in the long run? Bad hiring, poor quality supplies and many others are a kind of syndrome present in a lot of organizations of the present times. More often than not, a lot of these organizations are ruled by intelligent men sitting at the decision making desk.
So what is low IQ behavior?
It is one thing to say someone has low IQ. Since IQ is a measure of people’s intelligence, at times we actually meet someone with low IQ. A lot of other times however, on the basis of certain actions, conducts, and situations we brand them one as someone having low IQ.
“This guy has IQ less than the room temperature” is a common statement of branding someone which, if said in the right manner also brings about a stream of laughter in the listeners.
However, branding someone such is not the best thing to do. That is because a) such branding is done mainly to boost one’s own ego in front of others and has little to do with the person concerned, b) such branding puts a question mark on the very trait of intelligence of the person concerned which is not appropriate, and c) people are changing and improving every single day hence it may not be right to brand them such. As they say, evaluate what people do and not who they are.
Hence instead of branding someone as having low IQ, here’s the new mantra in town: Low IQ Behavior.
Low IQ behavior assumes that people are not fundamentally ‘stupid’. Instead, at times, because of the emotional beings that we are, we end up doing things which aren’t in the best interest of ourselves and our surroundings. At times even the smartest of us, despite knowing what we’re doing is not for the best, we still do it. Our emotions, our body reactions, our very urges support our action. Take the case of the boss in the above situation. A man who should be thinking of how to expand the company by putting more smart people on board is instead making a hiring decision which he knows isn’t the best the company would ask for. Or the manager striking a wrong deal to benefit himself.
Or, take the case of a man on a weight loss spree who gulps all the delicious choco-chip cookies kept on the table in front of him. Or, a teacher enters who into favoritism with one of her students. Or, instead of focusing on tomorrow’s exam, through some leaps and bounds, you end up spending the entire night in front of Facebook.
You get the idea.
Basically all those times we’re acting or ‘behaving’ in a manner which isn’t the best that the situation asks of us is what I call as low IQ behavior.
Think-it-over: Can you recall a person who portrayed low IQ behavior in front of you? How did you feel about him/her?
Alternatively, can you recall the times when you yourself portrayed low IQ behavior? When you knew what was right and yet you didn’t do it because you didn’t ‘feel like’?
Low IQ behavior is common. We all portray a little bit of it a lot of times and at a lot of places. At the same time, such behavior isn’t devoid of its own quota of errors. Minimizing such erroneous behavior by not getting bogged down by our own cloud of emotions, instead acting in a manner that is in sync with what the situation demands is definitely a trait of a successful life.
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