"Dilbert, I need you to help Ted on his project." "If Ted's project succeeds, who will get the credit?" "Ted will. It's his project." "What if it fails?" "That would be your fault for not helping him enough." "If I spend my time helping Ted, my own projects will suffer." "The only way this makes sense is if my projects are unimportant and so am I." "If it makes you feel any better, Ted and his projects are unimportant too."