I just read an article in The Economist about how to become a CEO. The first point on the list of things to do was to learn how to 'manage upwards' effectively - with hefty doses of flattery. It referred to research by Jennifer Chatman, of the University of California, Berkeley, who conducted experiments in which she tried to find a point at which flattery became ineffective. It turned out there wasn’t one.
I guess I knew that. But it was still sobering to see it had been confirmed by scientific research. It also brings a suitable sense of scepticism to the compliments I received from time to time when I was a CEO. I always took that praise with a grain of salt. Or did I?