In the nineteen-sixties, my father, having clambered through the ranks of a Japanese multinational (it was a folie a deux; he spoke incomprehensible English and his managers didn't understand any), had built himself a sizable two-story house. . . .This immediately put me in mind of other such stories I have heard, of people who faked their way through corporate or bureaucratic life for years, without any idea of how to do their jobs. Are these stories real?
In the old days there were lots of stories about male executives whose work was all done by their secretaries.
These days there are lots of stories about people who go to team meetings and spout lots of buzzwords and impress their bosses with their can-do attitude, but never actually produce anything. How real is that?