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    My “Asshole” Story

    I am inspired to relate this story by an earlier post.

    Many years ago, I had begun a enterprise-wide Network Engineering position at a Fortune 100 company.

    Right off the bat, I got my depertment’s Unix servers and applications under control by getting patches and applications up to date and by implementing proper server security controls. I also fixed and then began the re-jigger the external and internal DNS.

    Well, apparently I ruffled some feathers in another geographic area where our company had extensive IT operations.

    My boss, the director, came back from a week-long  meeting with the management types at this other location. I had been only working for about 5 weeks.

    At our department meeting he described what happened.

    My Boss: “So right off they told me that I had two major assholes working for me that I needed to do something about: John Doe and Purple Slog”.

    At his point I felt a bit uncomfortable and my boss got very animated and louder in telling the story. He jumped up from his seat at the conference table and related that he said:

    “Now wait a minutes, wait a minute! John Doe is not an Asshole!”

    Then my boss sat back down, folded his hands in front of him and became silent.

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