Have you ever been in a job where one individual drags the whole office down and everyone's work suffers? Rather than admire his beautiful potential, you have to get rid of him/her.
well, maybe we are not the artist, the artist may be above our pay grade - we are the block further along the line, or not as far along the line (it is very hard to be aware of our own entropy), who has to interact with the said block-head ; - )
you may be thrilled at the precocious genius of your summer student, that you hope to form into a productive worker, but your assistant, maybe not so much.
if I am understanding Tom's model correctly, it seems that the system is intentionally set up with this interaction baked into the system, this interaction between the "fresh meat" and cured hams, and there is indeed energy transfer, from low entropy entities to high entropy entities, when they interact - and it is draining, but the low entropy entity is sufficiently organized for this purpose, and makes an actual profit from the interaction in the longer term, however painful the interaction may be in the short term.
Where there is effective decision space, it is indeed advisable to jettison high entropy entities in the workplace and avoid them when forming core relationships, in most contexts, when the decision space is available. There is normally sufficient expanse of entropy in interactions for learning, without having to deal with exceptionally entropic individuals who have overreached and interviewed themselves into jobs beyond their capacity, whether we are talking technical or soft skills.
We also have to parse out entropy and effectiveness. Some individuals are high entropy, but high effectiveness, which is the normal prerequisite for senior management and corner offices. ; - )
I think a core message of MBTOE is that high entropy individuals are not to disrespected and should not become fodder for our sense of superiority.
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