9. Post-project ‘noblesse oblige’ notes
You know the ones I mean, right? Those company-wide messages managers send after a big project, thanking everyone involved and congratulating the team on a great group effort?
Good, gracious managers give good thanks, but often, you don’t have to read too deeply between the lines to see the real message hidden inside:
"Look at me, everyone! I did a wonderful job managing these tech misfits. And now I'm demonstrating my magnificent management skills by showing how willing I am to share the credit with the people who actually did the work while reinforcing the idea that I'm the shining beacon around which the effort revolved."
Extra points for an inspirational quote in the signature.