How geeks and non-geeks can collaborate at work
Transcending stereotypes with ‘Geeks and Non-Geeks: From Contraxioms to Collaboration in Higher Education’
“Authors Paul Glen and Maria McManus recently published an article about the on-going communication problems faced by geeks and non-geeks. Read it here: “Geeks and Non-Geeks: From Contraxioms to Collaboration in Higher Education.”
The article focuses on six ways geeks and non-geeks differ: work, future, knowing, language, lying, and wanting. These six points form the basis of two very different world views. Therefore, if you are a non-geek supervisor in charge of IT projects, you need to understand what geeks love to do.
In addition, Glen and McManus say there are three things that motivate geek culture. They are:
- Difficulty: Geeks love to tackle hard (but not impossible) problems.
- Learning: Geeks love to learn new things.
- Competition: Yes, geeks love to compete with worthy opponents for pride and bragging rights.
If you, as a non-geek, understand these three things, you will be less-annoyed by missed deadlines or industry jargon that is sometimes intimidating and indecipherable.”