Monday, March 1, 2010

MOTW: Backup Manager

Whenever the real manager goes on vacation he/she names Backup Manager to fill in. Finally one day the present manager moves onto bigger and better things. This is when the announcement goes out naming Backup Manager to fill the recently vacated position. Unfortunately the announcement goes out with the caveat “acting” in front of the title. This dreaded little word is the equivalent of “interim” in the sports world when a team announces its new coach. Everyone knows this situation will last only as long as it takes to hire a new manager/coach who can really do the job. Everyone that is, except for Backup Manager who deludes himself/herself into thinking the position is his/hers for the duration.

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