Joy’s law

Wikipedia: In management, Joy’s law is the principle that “no matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else,” attributed to Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy.[1] Joy was prompted to state this observation through his dislike of Bill Gates‘ view of “Microsoft as an IQ monopolist.” He argued that, instead, “It’s better to create an ecology that gets all the world’s smartest people toiling in your garden for your goals. If you rely solely on your own employees, you’ll never solve all your customers’ needs.”[2] Core to this principle is the definition of smart within the context of the quotation. Smart “refers to capability but not willingness to work for someone.”

See also Peter Principle

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