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Does everyone else have an advertising scammer that you like to check-in on sometimes? Mine just popped up on LinkedIn. Last I noticed he had successfully scammed his way into a VP strat role at Havas - he lasted 6 months - then 10 months as a CX lead at a decent digital agency - now client-side on some kind of lead (?!) fintech role at a big blue chip company where he'll prob last 9 months before becoming... governor of California. No hate here, it's a wild ride to follow along!

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My old boss is continuing his tour of every Pharma agency. He continually lands really plum gigs and lasts 6-9 months at most before people find out he has no idea what he’s doing. I kind of feel bad for the guy, but then remember that he’s getting those jobs over people who are actually qualified for them.

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Do they know that they don’t know what they’re doing? Or are they the perfect mix of blissfully ignorant + crazy charismatic

For the ones I know of, a little bit of everything. They know just enough to not say the wrong things, but not enough to actually do anything good. They're not always charismatic but definitely very sociable. They get the hookups because they hang out with or befriend the right people. Being "one of the bros" goes a long way.

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Name and shame or admit you’re enabling this.

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All I'm hearing is that this guy is way better at getting paid than I am.

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Same!

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I do have a couple of these. "Coincidentally" they're both male. 🤷

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I have one counter example! A woman I worked for got fired for being sleazy AF and trying to bring in a company that she was part founder of and then leveraged into something even more senior and now teaching in B-school. She could talk circles around any man or woman I know…

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Bill Grizack just got out of prison, iykyk

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These are my favorite people in the industry.

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Yes. Actually hired the guy earlier in his career. Lasted 6 ugly months of pure laziness/personal social media. I will say he is the master of the right level of ambiguity on his LinkedIn profile which isn’t technically lying about his role on impressive projects, but is the equivalent of a realtor describing the “amazing views” an apartment has because the inside is like a crack den.

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Several. Maybe not the worst offender but one of the most annoying is Matt Kerbel, current VP Marketing at Homie.

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Dude changes job as often as he changes clothes.

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I feel like I know one from every past job. Currently work with one now.

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Gift of the gab will take you a long way

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If I had a fraction of that charisma…

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Failing upwards is quite a skill

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What I want to know is how they continue to fail up when they are idiots AND assholes.

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Is it him?

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He is you in another reality

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