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Is your boss an idiot?

Here's a tongue-in-cheek quiz on how to determine if you, or your boss, is an idiot.

In "honor" of National Boss Day (October 16), I got an email from a PR person touting a new book by Dr. John Hoover, called How to work for an idiot: Survive and thrive without killing your boss. I think the sender might be a little confused on the purpose of National Boss Day, but what the heck?

The email included a quiz that is kind of fun. You can take the quiz yourself as a boss or answer the questions for your boss. Here's the quiz:

1. When something goes wrong at the office, I:

a. Automatically blame it on someone else.

b. Drop important work and focus on damage control.

c. Send out for pizza.

d. All of the above.

2. When I receive orders to cut my staff, I:

a. Check the batting averages of everyone on the department softball team.

b. Cut the people who challenge me the most to think and innovate.

c. Send out for pizza.

d. All of the above.

3. When I receive orders to increase production, I:

a. Threaten to fire the people who challenge me to think and innovate.

b. Start a list of employees to blame for low production.

c. Send out for pizza.

d. All of the above.

4. When I receive orders to cut costs, I:

a. Cancel the holiday party.

b. Force employees to provide their own office supplies.

c. Force employees to pay for their own pizza.

d. All of the above.

5. When I'm ordered to reward employees for good performance, I:

a. Check the batting averages of everyone on the department softball team.

b. Allow employees to order extra office supplies.

c. Order extra pizza.

d. All of the above.

Each (a) answer is worth one point, each (b) answer is worth two points, each (c) answer is worth three points, and each (d) answer is worth four points.

Four points: Just Plain Stupid

Five to 12 points: A Real Idiot

13 to 19 points: A Complete Idiot

20 points: A Colossal Moron.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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