The head of my department is an absolute angel, she says.
He is the most understanding, intelligent, creative person to ever walk on God's earth, she adds.
She makes sure all this is said within three feet of the boss man.
A set of people, well versed in the rules of buttering-up-the-chief nod, in eager affirmation.
The chief is pleased.
'She' gets her promotion or the best projects or a raise.
Her cronies are duly rewarded.
Everybody is thrilled.
But does buttering up the boss always work?
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