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Have you mastered your executricks?
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1. The chair you've been assigned is old, ugly and not even ergonomic. Across the aisle, in an office recently vacated by a senior officer who was "decruited," you see one with all kinds of levers, and titanium-looking metal parts. It's just the chair you've always wanted! For weeks, the chair occupies your dreams. The problem is, Bassinger, the idiot down the hall, has his eye on the chair also. Recognizing that a comfortable seat is the baseline for all power players, you decide to take matters into your own hands. You...
a) Go to your boss and tearfully tell him that your aged chair is a sign that you are unappreciated, playing the emotional card and making the matter a test of how much you are loved by your senior officer (never a particularly good thing to define with any precision).
b)Call Office Services and file a formal request for the chair in triplicate, then wait six months to see how it works out
c) Make a trip down the hallway and have a frank and honest discussion with Bassinger about the chair, horse-trading with him so that both of you end the discussion, whichever way it goes, feeling pretty good about each other. Okay, in the end you do not get the chair, but you make a friend for life! Right?
d) Wait until very late at night and, when nobody is looking, sneak into the empty office and spirit the chair back to your domain. In the morning, when people remark on your new chair, you gloat a little and make sure everybody knows it would take an act of God to get it out from under you.
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