I planned to promote a secretary to a project administrator.
However, my boss (CTO) took me on one side and said "never hire a woman - she will always want time off to go to knitting classes".
(Since then she has done a distance learning degree and is now a semiconductor layout engineer, thus proving my belief that she had a lot to offer).
This is also the same boss who told me the key to successful management - it was to make sure that you (the boss) were the only person who had all the information.
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