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Old 12-31-2016, 01:54 PM
DSeid DSeid is offline
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So to avoid the defining "smart" aspect, let's just ask "why do people have different cognitive abilities?"

And there the answers are the same as the broader phrased version yet "why do people have different abilities?"

Answer one. It is multifactorial. A combination of genetic predispositions and environmental impacts. Some are born with more innate musical abilities, some with more social smarts, some more creativity, some more quick-witted, some with verbal acumen, some better visuospatially, some with reading disabilities, some a tendency to focus intensely and some with a tendency to think about ten things at once and make the connections. Some are born into families and cultures that allow their specific gifts to fully blossom but that would not fully nurture another set of gifts and some, not. As parents we always want to follow the mantra of "don't block the blessing" but let's face it: we do not always succeed perfectly.

Which segues into answer two. We are social creatures. We function as members of teams, be that unit just our family, our tribe, or broader society. There are niches for a variety of generalists and specialists to varying degrees and having that variety of differing sorts of cognitive abilities and processing styles as part of our group makes our group stronger.
Old 12-31-2016, 02:24 PM
wolfpup wolfpup is offline
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Originally Posted by md2000 View Post
I remember going to a job fair in Toronto where one student asked one of the HR execs (Esso Canada, IIRC) how important were marks for success? The guy said they did an informal survey of most of the top executives and none were outstanding at the top of their class. There are plenty of stories of "brilliant" people who were hopeless at other mundane tasks. being a successful executive probably calls on skills that are not typical parts of the college curriculum - office politics, organizing, managing personnel, project management. More general smarts can't hurt, but the top people at Fortune 500 aren't up there because of their engineering or math skills.
That would be Imperial Oil Limited (no such company as "Esso Canada") which is majority owned by Exxon Mobil. Imperial owns or franchises the Esso stations and is a major player in Canadian oil exploration and development. Many years ago I heard that they were exceptionally well managed and seemed to distinguish themselves from their parent company with exemplary corporate citizenship. I have no idea how much that has changed.


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