A friend from PMO who read this posting actually texted a request just now, asking me to explain how to identify showboaters that I mentioned in my organization.
Okay, very easy.
Five main characteristics of a showboater,
1. Speaks extra loudly and authoritatively to demand respect from subordinates.
2. Pretends to know everything under the sun, while in actual fact doesn't know shit about anything.
3. Treats the big boss as God, whenever he is around.
4. Steals credits of others' hard work. Showboaters do not do real work, instead they order people around and take credit for the work done.
5. Calls the toxic method of showboating as "work smart".
This is a showboat,
A showboat is a form of floating theater that travels along the waterways of the United States such as the Mississippi rivers.
You can read more about it here, Show Boat
The word "showboating" originated from it.
The Urban Dictionary has the best definitions of showboating which were,
1. To have a visibly exaggerated idea of ones own skills, talents, or abilities.
2. To exhibit a grotesque amount of undue and unfounded pride for a skill or ability which is actually mediocre.
You can actually encounter a lot of showboating in your work place.
Enthusiasts of showboating are those we refer to as kaki bodek, kaki ampu, butt kisser, tripod etc.
These are really irritating people.
At the place where I work, there are many of these people.
Sometimes I really feel like smacking their face.
I know.... I have to be patient.
But what makes it most irritating of all was that a lot of bosses actually love having their butt kissed, even though they know that those kisses
at their butt were not sincere and could easily turned into bites.
Well, I guess it feels good to have your butt kissed.
I can only guess because I always avoid having my butt kissed.
As for the hottest political drama which is the Selangor leadership crisis, I think it's for now going into a predictable pattern.
PKR and DAP will rave and rant about them actually having the majority in the state assembly, Pas playing the "we are still in Pakatan but support Khalid" game, and Umno just sitting on the sideline grinning from ear to ear.
As for TS Khalid Ibrahim, he will continue to ignore all those calls for him to resign. He is bidding his time.
The next state assembly sitting will be in November where the Selangor's budget is to be tabled.
That's where they can initiate the no confidence motion against Khalid.
But by then the equations have changed.
DS Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy case two-day appeal will be from Oct 28.
In all probabilities, the opposition leader will be in jail again when there is a chance for PKR and DAP to initiate the no confidence motion against Khalid.
But by then, PKR will already be in disarray.
Khalid must had planned the whole thing and anticipated the reactions of his enemies. He knows he got the support of Sultan of Selangor and leadership of Pas and Umno to back him up.
I believe he is now sniggering as he read about how DAP and PKR people are accusing him of being a traitor and demanded him to call for a special state assembly session so that he has to face the no confidence vote now.
"Screw you stupid. Why should I listen to you. You just wait la, you stupid Anwar's donkeys and Kit Siang's pigs," he may had said that as he read reports of his enemies' statements.
And indeed, PKR and DAP really can't do anything other than issuing threats and condemnations against him.
Khalid is a real maestro. He played this one beautifully.
PKR and DAP young strategists such as Rafizi Ramli and Tony Pua, despite their showboating efforts were totally no match against the former corporate figure.