I know I guy who thinks his poop doesn’t stink. You know the type, the kind that cultivates an entourage to help maintain the illusion. Who’s every project has a superlative adjective; the first, the biggest, the most complex, the most strategic. I’m not saying that he does bad work. Quite the contrary.
It’s just that he, like most people of this ilk, is highly competitive. To him it is a zero sum game. In order for him to advance someone must fall. The most common target for people like this are the ones they consider to be the biggest competition. One of the favorite weapons I see used are campaigns to undermine the credibility of others. Anything from innuendo to out right lies to actively undoing other peoples work. Claiming undue credit is another very common tact. Restricting access to information or distributing misinformation is also common.
I recently got a message from someone looking for help to bail out a project in trouble. Seems some promises were made and not kept, some deadlines missed. Guess who’s project? Yup, Mr. Perfect’s. As tempting as it may be to rub his face in it like he would do and has done I can’t do that. It’ s just not who I am.
I am a strong believer that everything comes around. The past will eventually catch up to these people even if I may not be there to see it. I consider my reaction taking the high rode. Other people may call me a fool, and that’s ok by me too. I carry my own ruler and by my ruler I measure up just fine thank you.