Kiss down, kick up

WE ALL work in organisational hierarchies of some form or other, even those of us who work ‘independently’.

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Despite their unpopularity, hierarchies, and even the bureaucracy that accompanies them, are important, lest we cede the business world to corporate psychopaths, who are masters at picking off individuals one at a time.1

As a consequence, we are all skilled at navigating organisational hierarchies, though inevitably some more than others.

A common quip you hear about hierarchy in management is “Kiss up, kick down2, usually delivered with a knowing smile.

As amusing as this one-liner is, it is wrong.

The recent furore over Harvey Weinstein and the resulting #metoo3 movement suggests that this is still not understood by many.

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