Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Spot the idiot

Hills' second law states that a wally will appoint even bigger wallies as his subordinates, for fear that clever people will undermine his authority one day. This quote is taken from Wikipedia (and Hills' first law is stated here).

"Cronyism is partiality to long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy. Cronyism exists when the appointer and the beneficiary are in social contact; often, the appointer is inadequate to hold his or her own job or position of authority, and for this reason the appointer appoints individuals who will not try to weaken him or her, or express views contrary to those of the appointer."


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