Don't you wonder how some people get promoted? I mean,
really, some of the people who make decisions that affect you (and get the big
bucks that annoy you) are idiots. It makes you wonder whether they have
incriminating photos stashed away of executives in compromising positions.
I wish there were a statistic I could share to prove that
some percentage of managers in every company are incompetent. But, which
incompetent managers would cop to it to validate the survey results? I'm sure
you see the issue. Intuitively, though, I think we can safely assume that at
least one in ten is dead weight. (Before you get on some self-righteous soap
box, you should know it's generally believed that-at any given time-about ten
percent of employees at any level could be removed from the work force without
It's harder to swallow when one of the ten is in a position
of authority, isn't it? You have to hear this person taking credit for your
hard work in company meetings. You and your colleagues have to scramble around
to provide talking points and backgrounder packets so this person can answer
drill-down questions. You get to sit in 27B while this person sips a
full-bodied Malbec in business class.
When it gets to be a bit much, remember these three things.
Trust me when I say it does no good to take specific steps
to out this person. Doing so can backfire in ways you would hardly believe.
Just carry on with your good work. Try not to waste too many cycles thinking
about this person and those blackmail photos waiting in a manila envelope.
Instead, think of happy things like sunshine, puppies, chocolate ice cream, and
that magical day in the future when your "not-so-special" someone will get
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