Let’s pretend

Agency director is furious because his PC failed during an important presentation – and takes it out on pilot fish, who races in to repair it.  Ignoring fish’s questions, director snarls, "Just fix it!"  Fish spots the problem – the director had bumped the monitor’s power switch while changing floppy disks – and turns the monitor back on.  Problem solved?  "You made me look like a fool!" director hisses.  "Couldn’t you have pretended you were doing something to actually fix it?"

Shark Tank column, ComputerWorld 2003-11-17

The director made himself look like a fool by treating the poor pilot fish like he wasn’t a valued member of the organization.  Crappy management breeds unionization.