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How to Pass the Buck

Make your problems someone else's and reap the rewards with these proven strategies of office politics.


  • Step 1: Have an air of superiority by teaching someone trying to pass the buck onto you how easy it is to actually do the work themselves. Speak slowly and clearly, using simple language, as if to a child.
  • Step 2: Shirk wisely. Jobs that will advance your career, win you praise, or highlight your unique skills are those you should actually accept. Remember, no one wants to work with a complete slacker!
  • FACT: President Truman had a sign on his desk in his White House office that read "The Buck Stops Here."
  • Step 3: Be unreasonable when approached with someone's unwanted task. Set an outrageously long timeframe for deadlines and ask for perks attached to completing the task. Either they'll take the job elsewhere or you'll enjoy a lengthy deadline and your new primo parking spot.
  • TIP: Use a lot of corporate buzzwords and double speak to make yourself sound business smart.
  • Step 4: Delegate, the age-old euphemism for buck-passing. Use it on someone lower on the totem pole than yourself. An intern, perhaps. Make them relish the added responsibility and chance to shine while you revel in your new role as a mentor.
  • Step 5: Eliminate the job and flaunt your business savvy at the same time. Argue against the cost-effectiveness and time management aspects of the task and how it would be in the company's best interest to either minimize or eliminate the task altogether.
  • Step 6: Be a manager. For all that extra work you have, make a case that you need someone, or a team, perhaps, directly underneath you. Then they'll do all the work you'd rather not.

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