I’m in second corporate finance gig since I graduated. So far, I’m not impressed with the intellects. It’s not like I’m some kind of genius, but that’s the point.
I for one believe that I’m more versed in wider body of knowledge than my bosses. I’m particularly not impressed with their reasoning ability.
We sometimes engage in political, economic and financial banter. I routinely make more cogent, relevant, logical and less emotionally motivated points. I also routinely use basic deduction to back people into corners where they have to accept my premise. Of course they get butt hurt, and eventually flip flop on their position.
These are vets too e.g. controller, asst. controller and CFO. They are accounting experts i.e. know GAAP, FASB, and CPA exam material, with the exception of the items listed, they just don’t strike me as being particularly smart or well rounded.
Also, why can’t some old farts just accept that their younger counterparts might know more than them about traditional disciplines i.e. money management, philosophy, politics etc. and not just hardware, software, the internet.
This has been a source of frustration, because I don’t feel I’m learning as much as I could be. Also, it would be nice to work for people you admire.