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Your ass in your seat, taking minimal vacation (with your Blackberry), justifies my existence and competence as your manager in Big Corp.

This definitely isn't a 'big corp' problem though. In fact, employees at 'big corp' will often have better hours and more vacation that employees at 'hot new startup'.

Also "hard work" is easy. Sit and do some meetings to look busy

Shipping and solving problems is harder

Shipping useful stuff and solving actual problems is even harder

do some meetings to look busy

This book is pretty great! https://www.amazon.com/100-Tricks-Appear-Smart-Meetings/dp/1...

There's gotta be some kind of Schroedinger's cat type joke here. If you're not in your seat, you don't exist.

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