How much success is due to walking around with important looking paper in your hands?
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At your job most specifically.  If you walk around with important looking documentation in your hands, roughly how much overall credibility have you achieved?  30%?  60%?  80%?
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I have never heard of such a metric, however if you do walk around with a sheet of paper in your hand make sure it has the correct cover sheet! Up the irons! Laughing Fool
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(09-14-2018, 01:10 PM)FultonFan Wrote: At your job most specifically.  If you walk around with important looking documentation in your hands, roughly how much overall credibility have you achieved?  30%?  60%?  80%?

It depends on where you're going with it! If you're headed to the fax machine, you've got roughly 5% credibility and 95% flunkie-ness. If you're giving a briefing, it's probably more like 70% credibility. Tack on more percentage points if the documentation's being conveyed in a fancy briefcase. And if you're wearing a suit.

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Reminds me of something I read years ago. For the life of me, I can't remember author or title, but it was set in WWII. The protagonist was an enlisted man in the US Army, a PFC or a corporal, if memory serves. Whilst everyone else in his unit was wearing their dungaree fatigues doing grunt work, he'd put on his Class Bs, and walk around carrying a clipboard with papers on it. Everyone, officers and enlisted ranks, assumed he was doing something 'important' for 'someone important'.

A classic explanation of goldbricking!
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(09-14-2018, 03:05 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: Reminds me of something I read years ago. For the life of me, I can't remember author or title, but it was set in WWII. The protagonist was an enlisted man in the US Army, a PFC or a corporal, if memory serves. Whilst everyone else in his unit was wearing their dungaree fatigues doing grunt work, he'd put on his Class Bs, and walk around carrying a clipboard with papers on it. Everyone, officers and enlisted ranks, assumed he was doing something 'important' for 'someone important'.

A classic explanation of goldbricking!

Actually, having been an NCO in the Air Force and a Commissioned Officer in the Army, I can attest that this particular technique works VERY well! I have used it often and effectively during my time in the military and, I might add, in ROTC, where it worked equally as well.
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