Are You Smarter Than Your Boss?

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Are You Smarter Than Your Boss?

  1. No, he/she is pretty sharp.

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    48.7%
  2. Yes. He/she has the job due to nepotism.

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  3. Yes. He/she slept with someone.

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  4. Yes. He/she just knows how to play the game.

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  5. Yes. He/she was just in the right place at the right time.

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  6. Yes. Other (feel free to share).

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  7. I am the boss.

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  1. AZChilicat

    AZChilicat Member

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    IB, "Durr, I'm self employed!"
     
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  2. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

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    I put 'yes', because in my business, the managers (technically my boss I suppose) are generally the former rainmakers (me and my peers) who didn't make it in that role. Not that all are't good at their roles, however.
     
  3. FFTT

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    Let's see.

    Do anything I want if I want, when I want or not at all.
    Eating good, roof over head, little stress, Retired at 59.

    Compared to 16 hour days 6 days a week, endless paper shuffling, meetings and reports, headaches caused by people under you that make you look bad.
    The bottom feeder in middle management who hates his job and remembers when he was pretty much self managed like me. :)
     
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  4. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    Durr, I'm self employed

    I am smarter than the empolyees ;)
     
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  5. talentless hack

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    I put "no," but a better response would be "at some things, yes and at other things, no."

    I'm a better writer, and I'm more tech-savvy and culturally aware than my boss. She has said so herself. On the other hand, my boss is a master at networking and fundraising. I would not want her doing my job, but I would not want anybody BUT her doing her job.

    A quote from Einstein about climbing fish comes to mind.
     
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  6. Stu Cats

    Stu Cats Member

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    I am smarter than everyone, 'cept A-Bone.
     
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  7. derekd

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    My dept was recently moved under another person, and the guy I was under for 4 years is very bright, as is the woman I recently was moved under.

    Both great to work with, also. Definitely a bonus.
     
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  8. lp_bruce

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    My boss is one of the smartest people I've ever met. One of my co-workers said that you can't spend five minutes with her and NOT realize she's the smartest person in the room. What's surprising (to me) is that she's not obnoxious. Just really, really smart.

    My previous few jobs, I'm pretty certain I was smarter than my boss.

    Peace,
     
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    I once "had a friend" who had a boss that slept their way up the ladder. Allegedly.

    I'm in an academic hospital. I have a lot of bosses. My bosses have plenty of bosses, too. That's how it works.

    My current manager is a manager in the administrative definition. My biggest gripe is that I have to be extremely polite and constructive with him/her. I'm too blunt for my own good. I'm slowly learning how to play the game, which hurts my brain. THIS is the problem. I usually follow that with a solid solution. No, I have to be more delicate and patient. I don't like that.

    My 2nd gripe is that goals are not defined and I'm put on the same level as folks who do less than 1/2 the work by plenty of defined metrics. Several years ago, I did the work of a lazy/delegator coworker. I complained about a certain problem, which was interpreted as me not being willing to help. All that extra work I did didn't account for squat. The lazy/delegator coworker got substantially higher marks. I almost lost my mind.
     
  10. Bob Longo

    Bob Longo Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm the Owner, but some of my employees are smarter than me at certain things. That's why I hired them.
     
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    Blue410 Silver Supporting Member

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    Had a coworker who fell into that category (in his mind). He'd read words he didn't understand and use them in deep, stentorian tones during staff meetings completely out of context. His favorite was "metadata" and he had no clue what he was talking about (baby boomer with an anthropology degree). The rest of us would be thinking WTF? His outlook on life was that if he used words that nobody understood, he *had* to be smarter than the boss and deserved to be promoted to the position.
     
  12. AZChilicat

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    Hah! Those Boomers!
     
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    phoenix 7 Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, but that's not saying much. My boss is a f***ing imbecile and a textbook illustration of the Peter principle.
     
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    I believe I'm as intelligent, but I don't have the same expertise of knowledge on the subject required to do his job, but I will!

    My boss is my team leader, I don't really have a boss as such. Just lots of superiors. We get on well in any case. We're gonna go see the Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery together.

    http://www.saatchigallery.com/current/rolling_stones.php

    :aok
     
  15. VCuomo

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    You sure about that? ;)

    Yeah, I know about the AZ's post... But having been self-employed, I kinda' think being an employee isn't half bad and in today's weird business world might be the "smarter" way to go...
     
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  16. lefort_1

    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    So TRUE!!

    Back when I was a 'state employee' working at the U, I had no managerial hassles, work stopped at 5 pm, and a great retirement plan to take advantage of.
    Now, all I've got is on-call 24/7 and the skin-o-my-teeth, which I'm barely hanging on to.
     
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    My boss has instant recall of technical issues for any problems that occurred a month ago, it's freaky.
     
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  18. chrisr777

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    I don't know, let me go ask her..........






    She says not likely.
     
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  19. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    This is how I feel about my boss, as well.
     
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  20. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Condolences.
     
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