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Well - this is British public school management culture at its worst.

You have a plan, you tell other people to make it happen chop chop, you go off on your holidays. When you return, there's your plan - or something like it - and you take all the money and credit and don't even say thank you.

If something goes wrong you shout at people and strut around looking and feeling important until someone else decides to fix the problem.

You are master of your universe, the unquestioned alpha monarch in your domain, and it's all perfectly splendid. You get your way, no one else matters, and that's the natural order of things.

Until you meet someone who has more power, money, and pragmatic intelligence than you do.

It's important to understand this is not exaggeration. I've met people like this, and in a few instances narrowly avoided working for them. Their inability to understand how the world really works is quite breathtaking.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 09:45:25 AM EST
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I have, unfortunately, first hand experience of the culture you describe. The really unfortunate part is that it is not entirely restricted to the products of public boarding schools.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 09:53:55 AM EST
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The elite school background just adds a special extra layer of entitlement and delusion, but I think it's to some extent a natural state for certain people with certain personality types who find themselves in managerial positions, and they're by no means limited to Britain.  The likelihood of dealing with them seems to increase exponentially as one works closer to any kind of political power.

Shit, I worked for people like that for years until I got so tired of banging my head against the wall that I took a large pay cut to get the hell out, and they were all middle-class people who went to generic state universities.  But yeah, swap them for a bunch of Yale/Harvard/Duke/whatever dipshits, and you get all the awfulness but insulated with the cultural reverence for "elite" education.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Sep 22nd, 2018 at 12:13:43 PM EST
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