Working Wounded Blog: The Keys to Becoming the Boss

5. If you chose obscene paycheck AND claimed that you didn't know what was going on in the company you were running, then you must be either Jeff Skilling or Ken Lay because that was your defense in the recently concluded Enron trial. Call me old-fashioned, but if you are going to accept an obscene paycheck and options please don't turn around and then try to claim that you had no idea what was going on, because no jury is that stupid.

Scoring:

85 -- Check your pants. I think they might be on fire.

70 -- Get ready to say goodbye to your cube.

50 -- Don't you have better things to do than take online leadership quizzes?

30 or below -- Remember, without followers, there wouldn't be any leaders.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

""I wanted very, very badly to believe what they were saying," said one juror [from the Lay-Skilling trial] at a press conference after the verdict. But Skilling and Lay's own testimony, in which they tried to hammer home their alleged ignorance, helped to do them in. "There were places in the testimony where I felt their character was in question," said the juror. -- From Slate.com.

BOOK EXCERPT OF THE WEEK

From "The Dumbest Moments in Business History" by Adam Horowitz (Portfolio, 2004):

"The decision by the Mars candy company not to let Spielberg use M&Ms as the intergalactic gnome's sweet of choice, thereby ensuring that the much less popular Reese's Pieces -- made by the competition over at Hershey -- would scarf up pieces of their business."

Blog Ballot Results

Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNews.com online ballot:

What bothers you the most at work?

   Crummy job, 12.9percent

   Crummy boss, 18.8 percent

   Crummy coworkers, 32.9 percent

   Crummy attitude, 35.2 percent

Bob Rosner is a best-selling author, an internationally syndicated columnist, popular speaker, and a recent addition to the community of bloggers. He welcomes your comments at bob@workingwounded.com.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

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