"When I read someone outright insulting his superior, I just roll my eyes. "
Shouldn't 'superior' be 'supervisor', 'manager', 'boss', or 'higher-up'? It's insulting to the individual to assume that one's boss is "superior" than the individual, especially in that person's field of expertise.
@hi9 The thing that makes it funny is that it's what many would LOVE to say to their boss.. Especially for those of us where what Dilbert is saying is true. In my own position, my manager isn't an engineer; he's a business and finance major. About 90% of the equipment I design, approve modification on, or develop maintenance plans for he wouldn't even recognize if it was sitting in front of him with a sign on it explaining what it is. Yet often he feels fully qualified to "coach" me in my job.
With the cast of Dilbert (especially Wally imho), we get to live vicariously through them when they say things we only have the "thought bubbles" for.
It's hard for me to think my comment will go over well here, since we're all 'fan boys' of Dilbert to a certain extent--right? Why else would someone create an account at Dilbert.com?
Nevertheless, to me this is an example of the worst of Dilbert as a comic strip. Someone blatantly and verbally insults a boss to his face, no subtlety involved. One could argue, too, that there's no propriety involved. No one gets away with this in real life; to say something like this would get one fired, which isn't funny. That makes the interchange as a whole less funny. I could imagine someone thinking something like what Dilbert says, but not saying it: how about thought bubbles?
So many times, I laugh out loud reading Dilbert. When I read someone outright insulting his superior, I just roll my eyes.
>> PHB does make a point. Dilbert might be
>> an expert on his field. But lacks on many
>> other fields specially on the social one.
On the one hand I believe that Dilberts 'nerd' personality helps him to concentrate on the job he's paid for, and helps him achieving results that 'normal' people just can't reach. On the other hand, I have serious doubt about the PHB'a ability in 'social' behavior.
What PHB is trying here is just 'management by walking around'.