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Often, they get promoted to get them out of the way of day-to-day work and into pie-in-the-sky land where they can't be a drag on the real work of the company.

It's best formulated as the Dilbert Principle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilbert_principle






In Russia (I guess from Soviet times) there’s a similar saying, ‘a good engineer won’t get promoted.’



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