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  •  Do you really believe (3+ / 0-)
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    Mysoreback, Dirtandiron, carrps

    some of the stuff you write?

    Plenty of people have jobs who are nowhere near mediocre [as in less than mediocre] or are generally incompetent simply because people are employed by people who like them.  It has little to do with genuine productivity or competence.  

    If your boss likes you, he or she will simply overlook all of your faults.  If your boss doesn't like you, then there is nothing you can do that is right.

    The people at the top are typically the ones who blab the most or the loudest, or who successfully sabotaged and bullied other people to reach the top.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:33:10 PM PST

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    •  "Selling yourself" (0+ / 0-)

      ...and taking the time to educate your employer as to your value are important skills as well as the specific technical skills involved in whatever it is you do.

      If your thesis was true then most successful companies are run by morons. This clearly is not the case. At least in my line of work, personality only gets you so far. With customer commitments and budgets on the line, pretty faces who can't perform don't last long.

      Sometimes, the problems you describe occur to highly competent people. More often, I suspect, "the boss doesn't like me" type people turn out to be simply less competent and effective.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:07:08 AM PST

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      •  I don't know how old (0+ / 0-)

        you are, but the notion of competence is a myth probably for at least 1/2 of all the employed.

        I've seen it way too many times--where unqualified people are hired and have no business getting the job that they got.  And I've seen it way too many times where performance problems, incompetence, lack of interpersonal skills [usually all three together] are simply overlooked by the person's superior.  And I'm talking about obvious problems--I could list a bajillion examples, but it would take too long.  And then there are those who get where they do because of nepotism  or insider connections.  And I've seen plenty of people who simply show up to work.  Because the boss likes them, they get to goof off.

        You live in a nice world.  I've been at places like yours, and I've been at places where what I describe is the norm.

        I would venture to guess, since you so ventured, that people who tend to dismiss these notions are probably the worst offenders who think that they [themselves] are just wonderful, while their coworkers think that they're asses who get away with everything under the sun.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:51:22 PM PST

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