Does it pay to be smart?  If you are in the need of new staff you want the best don’t you?  You want someone who is smart.  Your business needs smart.  There’s enough dumb around and smart is better than stupid, right?  All positions are about risk and opportunity and if you hire smart the risk is reduced and the opportunity increased.  A smart manager will hire smart staff.  Don’t you agree?  Or maybe not?

You need to fill a role and you meet a really smart candidate.  This candidate will present great future opportunity and fantastically improve your business.  It’s a no brainier.  You want smart and here he is right in front of you.  All you have to do is make the offer.  But you hesitate.

You know there is a real downside to smart.  Firstly, smart is good, possibly too good for the role you have in mind.  Smart will soon become disenchanted and want to move on so you will have to hire all over again.  Or smart will move on taking all your company skills with them.  Nothing worse than having smart only for smart to get better and then move to the opposition.  Even worse smart may rise through the ranks.  You know smart rises to the top and between smart and the top is you.  If you’re not smart, smart may become you.  It takes a brave person indeed to hire someone smarter than they are.  Are you that brave?

All I can say is that I’m smart.  But don’t worry.  I’m not quite as smart as you.