Recognize a Raygun When You See It

Marvin the martian school of office politics. Remember Marvin? I often explain office politics in terms of this particular cartoon. Marvin had his ray gun. When he has his ray gun – he’s all powerful, he may not be good at using it. But it makes him feel powerful. If you somehow take his ray gun away he’s reduced to a quivering mess, bawling his eyes out.

When working with people, you have to remember that everyone has their own ray gun, it might be a set of responsibilities, an application they developed or some other thing that you may think they have no right possessing. Try and recognize a ray gun when you see it.
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