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Q We have weekly staff meetings during which the boss plays silly games. Last week we had to put one of our shoes in the middle of the floor, pick someone else’s shoe, figure out who it belongs to and then “bond” with that person. And most weeks the games are even stupider. How can I bow out?

A That’s the wrong question. If you want to get ahead in this organization, you’d better play along. Sure, you can find excuses not to participate in at least some meetings. But that’ll harm your reputation as a team player. A smarter move is to propose other activities to your boss that bring folks together—without the silliness.

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