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How can I work with 'stupid'?

Q. I am currently working with one guy that I can only describe as stupid. He is slow to understand projects, forgets details, and his reasoning is unfathomable to me. How can you work well with stupid people?

A. You will work well with people you experience as "stupid" if you realize that each of us will have moments when others experience us in exactly this way. Differences in intelligence quotient actually are a huge interpersonal problem in the workplace. It's estimated that a disparity of as little as 10 points up or down the IQ scale causes people to have real trouble understanding each other.

This means that if you are at the beginning of the gifted category...