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Do Nice Engineers Finish Last in Tough Times?

Jan 21, 2009, 06:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

"Well, Stuart has a peer manager who took care of networks and security. We'll call him Doug. According to Stuart, Doug was not so nice. He was rather conniving and was constantly taking credit for his team's accomplishments and sometimes other teams -- especially Stuart's team. Stuart on the other hand always gave his team credit for their work and praised his peer's accomplishments. He basically ignored Doug, only dealing with him professionally as necessary.

"Even worse, Doug consistently called out his team members in front of upper management when things went wrong. If a virus made its way from someone's thumb drive onto the network, Doug could be heard screaming at employees down the hall. When one of Stuart's team members made a mistake, he would take that opportunity to teach them and would take full responsibility for the error with management."

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