You're the leader of the largest team in the enterprise, and your work is critical to the organization's mission. So you didn't much sweat it when the company hired a new and famous CEO. You've just stayed focused on your own objectives, not the maneuvers of Mr. Bigg and his handpicked team of old friends from past jobs.
But the same can't be said of your top team member Alain. Even though you're his supervisor, you and he have basically worked as equal partners for some time. But his ambition to move up is fairly transparent. And he's a firm believer that it's who you know, not what you know, that gets you ahead.
So Alain has taken quite the shine to Mr. Bigg. He's attended the CEO's "informal get-togethers" and Rotary Club speeches, clipped and read his articles in the business trades, sent him fan letters suggesting process improvements, and who knows what else. You find this more amusing than annoying, as long as Alain g...(register to read more)