Watch out for the Arsonist Fireman

You who I’m talking about.  The guy who always seems to be fixing a mess.  The guy who everyone runs to when something breaks down in the office.  Ask yourself:  Is this guy really good at fixing things, or is he good at fixing what HE broke?  The Arsonist Fireman describes the fellow who takes great pride in solving problems he created.  Classic scenario:

AF:  10,000 emails are queued up to go within the hour.

Me (after reviewing the mailing one last time):  “Uh oh, this is the wrong list!:

AF:  “Don’t worry.  I’ll fix it.” 

Me: “Who pulled this list?”

AF:  “I did.  Good thing I stopped it before it went out.”

Me:  “Even better thing:  DON’T PULL THE WRONG LIST IN THE FIRST PLACE!”

That’s the Arsonist Fireman.  Sets the fire, then takes credit for putting it out. 

Do you know an Arsonist Fireman?  Do tell…

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