Interesting story from AlbertNonymouse here. It seems the people of average intelligence are leading the more aspergerish people. Social smarts tend to get one a higher ranking in the business world than technical ability, and here I am simply restating the Dilbert Principle. This is actually a natural order, considering how companies are structured on the whole. The same applies to society in general, because it takes social smarts to "lead" in some fashion.
The central conflict here, then, is the socially smart idiotic managers deluding themselves with thoughts of being intelligent and competent in the same way engineers are, which they clearly all too often are not, but their egos allow them to think so anyway. And so they interfere with the engineers and other technical staff at a given company when they really should just back off and let them work.
I dunno, PHB, could it have been about the time you started calling me "underling"?
One thing I find is that no matter how good an employee may be, a lousy boss always takes precedence. Either the people that hired him/her are too invested to be able to admit a mistake, or the superior may realize that if a PHB head could roll, his might be next.
Incidentally, I always heard the F.I.N.E. acronym came from the recovery community. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'...
Between the Dunning-Kruger Effect and general managerial psychopathy, few managers/bosses have (or retain) any idea or even much care about how it is for the underlings.
Years ago, while studying to be a systems analyst (which I am NOT now), I was taking both programming and business courses at the same time. The contrast between the students was stark. The business students were not all that bright ("B" students on a good day...) and they were mostly partying and hanging out. They would not have lasted 10 minutes in a data structures course, yet they were almost certainly going to be the programming students bosses. Many of them were undoubtedly going to make much more money and end up far higher up the ladder than the far brighter, but wonky, computer students. And I've so often seen this play out in the real world. In reality, I guess it is indeed who you know or who you, well, you know...