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The Trickster

Tricksters believe they have the game down. These are the people who come to work 15 minutes before the boss each day so that they appear to have been there much longer. These are the people who write e-mails from home to show the date and time stamp because that matters more to them than any message they send in the text. Tricksters are the people who do not prepare for a meeting and have the nerve to hook on to your hard work with a pithy line and a grin.

People who smile to everyone’s face and have a sarcastic, sexist, or racist remark behind their backs are tricksters. These are the yes-people who do what they want anyway, or never stand up for their beliefs if they differ from that of their boss. Maybe they don’t have any beliefs besides working for their own promotion, or a desire to keep their high-paying, safe-haven job. These are the people who disagree with everything just to be heard, or call you on mistakes in front of others to look smarter. The tricksters are more likely to gossip than others are, and often start rumors in which they star. Their actions are insidious and they believe they have it all figured out because for some, it works. It works because the hiring and promoting manager likes this person enough and the work is “good enough.” The trickster might get by because the manager does not see the duplicitous side of his or her personality and believes the trickster to be in sync with the value criteria of the specific job and the place as a whole.


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