“If possible, I’d like to volunteer to spearhead this project,” you say. “I really feel inspired to make this work.”

Your boss smiles. “Perfect.”

You can just tweak around the edges of the previous version and present it as a mountain of work you spent all weekend doing. For once, you’re gaming the system the same way everyone else does!

You’ve never had a better idea.

*    *    *    *    *

It’s only been 24 hours since your ‘brand new’ initiative launched and it’s already clear it’s a miserable failure. And to add insult to injury, your coworkers clearly see you as a total kissass for volunteering in the first place.

Your boss is coming towards your desk, his already-constipated face looking extra strained.

“I must say, I’m not, uh-uh-uh, all that impressed with how you executed on the group’s decision.”

It’s amazing how fast he seemed to forget the entire plan was his from the start.

“Well, I must admit, I had serious doubts about the strategy,” you say. “I think some of the management team was unwilling to try anything new, and the result is pretty expected.”

“Don’t play the ‘blame game’ with me,” you boss says coldly. “It’s clearly your shabby work, uh-uh-uh, that caused this project to fail.”

You thought everyone would appreciate your hard work and effort. Hell, you figured you’d have gotten a couple promotions for your ‘self-motivating’ by now.

Your boss walks away from you, shaking his head in disgust.

“I’ve never been so disappointed in an employee.”

So maybe now isn’t the time to ask for flex hours for all the work you put in over the weekend…


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