Time and time again, smart people get stuck in the middle in the corporate when their favorite part of job is solving problems instead of communicating solutions.
It’s a vicious cycle. Almost the only way to truly get recognized at workspace is to get your voice clearly heard, points crossed to stake holders when they come to you for answer. If said smart guy enjoys burying his head deep in the sand to solve the problem, his forgetting about communicating his findings will eventually get him, poor reviews, foul feelings between coworkers etc., he will not be a happy camper. In turn it will affect his problem solving ability, which is his core competence.
What to do? Time management, and strategizing.
Remember that magic number 1.618? Strategizing your time management using this golden ratio.
Imagine your are planning to spend X hours on solving a problem, and Y hours on communicating the solutions to stake holders (including coworkers and bosses).
X should be greater than Y. But Not by much.
In fact, follow the golden ratio: X + Y / X = X / Y = 1.618
That is: if you spend 1.618 hours on solving a business problem, give yourself 1 hour to conceive your communication and communicate to stake holders!
That is given you are already an experienced problem solvers.
How many times do those smart guy simply forget to communicate after they found the brilliant solutions? Too many.
If you consider yourself a smart guy/gal: use golden ratio.
Check out golden ratio on Wikipedia