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Ways and Means for Managing Up by F. William Smullen

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Never Wear Your Boss’s Rank or Position

“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble.” So goes the song. Too often people of high importance don’t show humility. They brag, they name-drop, they exaggerate far beyond their position in life. To use an old expression, we all put our pants on the same way. I wish we all could act that way.

This attitude of deserving special treatment can extend to people who work for people of high importance. Yes, there are people who think their boss is so important, so special, so incredible that they deserve special attention by virtue of association. When that attention reverts to misrepresentation, especially when the ...

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