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Question answered in Quora - What are the disadvantages of being smart?

Here are a few,

1- The smart guys are not able to dumb it down to keep things simple, I see this a lot from the Smart IT guys, they are very smart, they think in a complicated manner and come up with complicated logic and complicated steps, but they are not able to simplify steps and/or simplify design and functionality so a common man or operations guys can execute with much ease. Because of this many innovations fail - here is a good link on the number of innovation failures - Digging in to Why Supply Chain IT Projects Fail . The operations guys want to just go, go, go, they need to be able to do whatever they are doing as fast as possible by executing a couple of simple steps. But that requires a different way of thinking, which the IT smart guys don't always have.

2- The smart guys also don't have their head on their shoulders, just because they are smart they lose the humility and act weird, which pisses of many people and costs them opportunities

3- It is difficult for the smart guys to teach other people that are below their levels, that frustrates the person that wants to learn

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Puga Sankara is the co-founder of Smart Gladiator LLC. Smart Gladiator designs, builds, and delivers market-leading mobile technology consisting of Smart Gladiator Wearable Scanguns, Tablets, Mobile Tech & Apps for retailers, distributors, and 3PL service providers. So far, Smart Gladiator Wearables have been used to ship, receive, and scan more than 100 million boxes. Users love them for the lightweight, easy-to-use soft overlay keyboard, texting&video chatting ability, data collection ability etc. Puga is a supply chain technology professional with more than 17 years of experience in deploying capabilities in the logistics and supply chain domain. His prior roles involved managing complicated mission-critical programs driving revenue numbers, rolling out a multitude of capabilities involving more than a dozen systems, and managing a team of 30 to 50 personnel across multiple disciplines and departments in large corporations such as Hewlett Packard. He has deployed WMS for more than 30 distribution centers in his role as a senior manager with Manhattan Associates. He has also performed process analysis walk-throughs for more than 50 distribution centers for WMS process design and performance analysis review, optimizing processes for better productivity and visibility through the supply chain. Size of these DCs varied from 150,000 to 1.2 million SQFT. Puga Sankara has an MBA from Georgia Tech. He can be reached at or visit the company at Also follow him at

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