Not much of a plot, eh?
How about if we make it more interesting... say... we genetically fuse Dopey and Grumpy. That's what the folks at University of California Berkeley have done in their recently released study. They've discovered that bosses who perceive themselves as inadequate or incompetent are far more likely to bully (and even sabotage) their subordinates.
Kind of explains the Bush-Cheney administration, doesn't it? (Yeah, yeah, I know... one of the ironies of being a Republican who can view things objectively.)
According to the study, over a third of American workers have been bullied. I've seen some of the ugliest bullies on the planet in my career, and my work with Office-Politics.com exposes me to worse ones than my imagination could conjure up.
So what do we do about all of this? Do we suck up to our bosses to make them feel better about themselves? Well, there is something to helping another individual maintain a modicum of self-esteem. But what if the boss is just your basic WUHOT? You can try to help him or her look good... to a point. You can watch the floundering and even try to expedite the inevitable, but that only makes people miserable in the interim. You definitely should document every exchange you have with this boss.
Have you ever had an incompetent boss? What did you do to manage upward?