Chapter 8 A Strategic Partnership

How to Harness the Idiot’s Power

It’s important to understand the high-level antics of organizations because they engender the organizational atmosphere in which you work. The shenanigans taking place on Mahogany Row flow to the rest of the organizational population, sometimes in a trickle, other times like a busted dam. Much of your success in tapping your Idiot Boss’s power will depend on how savvy you can become with the unwritten, unspoken, and disavowed rules of engagement that actually govern organizational life.

Let’s begin with some high-level issues and work our way down. Non-idiot top executives who find themselves saddled with idiots in management positions below them on the food chain are faced ...

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