A Perfumed Prince

I was in a meeting a few days ago, when the question came up “What would you do if you were in a position managing others?”.

One of my co-workers piped up “I would lead by example. I’d be right there with them, showing how it’s done.”

I bit the inside of my cheek so hard it bled.

This particular co-worker is NEVER on time, is rarely at her workstation, schmoozes with Top-level management whenever possible, and only does what is convenient or advantageous for being noticed. If something goes wrong, it’s always someone else’s fault.

In military parlance, she “talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk”.

Years ago Colonel David Hackworth used, and may have coined the phrase “Perfumed Prince”.

A summary of Perfumed Princes:

  • They make rousing speeches about the necessity of a certain action or project, but when the actual work needs to be done, they are nowhere to be seen.
  • They are quick to point out others to blame when tasks that are part of their responsibilities go wrong, but if there is a success, they take the credit and act as if they did it all themselves.
  • They are the first to take advantage of any privilege of rank or position of authority that they might hold and they put their own wellbeing above those they lead and sometimes even above the mission of the organization.
  • They know very little about what’s happening in the organization, but if superiors are present they speak with great authority — even if they don’t have a clue about what they are talking about.
  • They get promoted not because of real accomplishments, job expertise, hard work, or leadership, but because of their facility at office politics and appearances

You become a great leader by being a great follower. You do what has to be done, when it has to be done. You accept responsibility, and when you fail, you accept the blame, move on, and try not to make the same mistake twice.


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It’s Simple, Just Reply!

Just ReplyWhy is it that people can’t seem to reply to your email to let you know they received it!  ARG!!

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My New Job

Two hours into my first day of work as a Wal-Mart greeter, an ugly woman came in with her two kids. Hearing her swear at them, I said, ‘Good morning, welcome toWal-Mart. Nice kids, are they twins?’ The mom answered, ‘Hell no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one’s 9, and the other one’s 7. Why would you think they’re twins? Are you blind or stupid?’ I replied, ‘I’m not blind or stupid. I just couldn’t believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day, and thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart.’

My supervisor said I probably wasn’t cut out for this line of work…

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We’re Doomed…

The Courthouse where I work is having some re-modeling / reconstruction done to the main entry and foyer. Yesterday there was required ceiling repair required right by the main entry doors, which required sheetrockers to work on very tall ladders. I had to stand out by the entry to prevent people entering the building from taking a shortcut under the ladders on which the workers were standing.

We finally decided that it might be better to lock the doors near the work, which necessitated locking three of the four doors. While this prevented people entering the building from walking under the ladders, it did not stop people trying to exit the building from walking under the ladders. So I still had to stand there and direct the people to exit through the one unlocked door.

But wait!! There’s more!! Fully one in five people attempting to enter the building would end up trying the open the three locked doors, and then give up and walk away without trying the fourth unlocked door, even as they saw people exiting through that door.


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