You fired your top talent. I hope you’re happy.
Tony Robinson
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In my experience, only 1 in 20 people in management are good, they almost silently provide the resources and inspiration needed; they make sure any necessary documentation done and do not burden the Ricks with worthless documentation.

There are many different types of Ricks, but their sense of achievement is alien to these other 19 in 20 managers. These managers feel loss of control with no apparent stick or carrot to use on Rick, lack of common goals: Rick is not a team player.

The Ricks can get stuck reliving past successes, using old tools on new problems — they get stale. They feel buried in tasks they do not enjoy or have no sense of achievement. They feel if they can get a release out, the monkeys will back off and they can describe or fix all the dubious and rushed decisions; the company can make some money and get useful people or tools. The Ricks tend not to trust not invented here, until they have meddled with it.

If Rick spots a future trend which might provide an opportunity for the company, it will be dismissed by the 19 in 20. The same 19 in 20 will complain when a competitor realises the opportunity and ask why the company does have it.

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