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boss multiplier rule March 5, 2009

Posted by That Guy in Management, Seen Elsewhere.
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From Rules of Thumb:

Every time you mess up, your boss will remember it as three times that number. If the total number of actual mess-ups is greater than 3, your boss will remember it as “always.”

The worst part is: that doesn’t reset.

Also bad: you will inevitably mess up shortly after you create the Best Thing Ever, at which time your Best Thing Ever brownie points will be completely erased.

This has happened to me more times than I can count. Most often when I send a project to the boss to get it checked, the boss checks it and approves it, and then a day later he finds a problem. Because, you know, I send you these things for my health, not to make sure they’re ready to go to clients.

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