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You are responsible for your own career though. By being the one subject matter expert and not doing documentation, it meant that he would probably never be put on new projects using new technologies and probably his own technical skills became outdated. So when he did get fired, he found it harder to find another job (been there done that - didn’t get fired but came close).

So it doesn’t matter whose “fault” it is, he was the one ultimately harmed by it.

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