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Stuff the Capitalist (aka KD) Likes: Bag Men, Not Flunkies...

Who am I?  Who cares?  Good questions.  It's my site, so I'm going dig in once in a awhile by telling you more about who I am - via a "Stuff I Like" series.  Nothing too serious, just exploring the micro-niche that resides at the base of all of our lives.  Potshots encouraged in the comments.

If there's one thing that comes with executive power - both in the private and public sectors - it's the ability to surround yourself with people who you trust.  

The problem with that is that the people you trust may have no earthly idea of what they should be doing in the roles you put them in.

That's why I like Bag Men (or women) over flunkies. Flunkies are the friends that powerful people hire at levels above their expertise.  They aren't equipped to deal with the jobs they are in.  Flunkies suck.

Bag Men, however, get placed at levels more in line with their knowledge, skills and abilities. As a result, they actually contribute something to the bottom line.  They're happy to be there, understand that they are lucky to have their star attached to the Supernova, and as a result, aren't above doing dirty work in the organization they are a part of.

See the video below for a great example of a Bag Man - Gary from the HBO series Veep.  Gary literally carries the bag of the Vice President and there's no task to small for him to tackle, as long as it pleases the Veep.

Long live the Bag Men to the powerful people bring into your organization.  Feel free to openly hunt the flunkies. But know the difference.

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