7. I've always heard, it takes 10 "atta boys" to undo one "dumb shit".
I had this happen recently ... an executive came to believe that I screwed up, giving the credit for "fixing things" to the person who had actually screwed up. I was in fact the person who resolved the issue.
On learning this reality ... the executive who had incorrectly blamed me for the error, blamed me again, this time for having not ensured that they knew that I was the one who saved that executives ass.
How's that for crazy. I had fixed a problem made by another employee, but was incorrectly blamed for that problem's existence ... the employee who was in error was given credit for the fix initially ... and then when that reality came to light ... the fact that the executive misattributed the events became my fault too.
Bottom line ... some people don't belong in leadership positions. And the net time I save this executives butt (this was not the first time), it will be very clear at a level ABOVE this executive that this is what happened. I approach my work with the model that my job is to make those above me look good. Good leaders appreciate that, and you get rewarded for it.
Bad leaders are myopic and screw those below them not realizing that without those below, no real work occurs.