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Why do VP's and others think it's ok to ignore others in the office?(5 posts)

Why do VP's and others think it's ok to ignore others in the office?128
Aug 27, 2003 5:40 AM
I'm amazed at the ability of certain people to ignore others even after they've come to know each other. You know, the hall way look-away, as if they never saw you. Not even a good morning. How do the mediocre rise to these positions?? No one told them hww far a little politness goes?

I can accept this from most but when VPs and managing attorney's act socially inept it is unnaceptable in my view. They are in leadership roles and should set good examples, especially when we preach 'team-work' and all that jazz, especially when their actions are amplified due to their authority. I've known 13 year olds with better and more professional social skills.

Social behavior in the corporate environment is so weird.

What a charade.

/end rant/
because they are a -holes?ColnagoFE
Aug 27, 2003 7:18 AM
i work for a typical large corporation. believe me, you wouldn't wonder why they are losing money after you see the utter fools they put in charge of things around here. you wonder how they manage to get dressed in the morning. not all of them mind you, but way too many to make it a coincidence. it seems that kissing @ss and towing the corporate line no matter how illogical it seems to be is the most valuable skill you can have if you want to get promoted.
because nice guys finish lastmohair_chair
Aug 27, 2003 7:42 AM
Like it or it not, it's usually true in the corporate world that nice guys finish last. I've found that the people who make it to the VP level are usually very much into "control" issues. Who is in control, who is giving up control, how can I do this without giving up control, how can I show you that I am in control of your destiny. By ignoring you today, I make you wonder what you did wrong, which gives me more control over you. It sounds petty and political, but that's life at the VP level. Crude, but effective.

I've also found that in certain companies, the culture demands you be an A-hole. It's sort of like Nixon's "madman" theory--make them think you'll do anything to get what you want, and you'll likely get it without much of a fight. Being an A-hole for the sake of being an A-hole is encouraged for this reason. It certainly hasn't held Larry Ellision back!
The AT&T Management Test....cory
Aug 27, 2003 8:46 AM
This of course has NOTHING AT ALL to do with my current employer, but I used to work for AT&T. Standing joke was this test to pick middle managers: All the candidates climb ladders and kiss the ceiling. Upper management moves the ladders, and the people who stick to the ceiling get the jobs.
here's a good link for you...enjoy!ColnagoFE
Aug 27, 2003 8:47 AM