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Ok, so there isn't really a study that actually confirms this, but the Wall Street Journal did have a an interesting article on the predictable nature of primates (yes, even you). Your Boss may not be an actual ape, but he behaves like one and you behave just like a primatologist would predict.

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When a subordinate chimpanzee grooms a dominant one, it often does so for a long time and unsolicited. When it then requests to be groomed in turn, it receives only a brief grooming and usually after having to ask a second time. [and more specifically...] The asymmetry in length and speed of reply correlates with dominance.

This same pattern is seen during the basic interactions of junior and senior colleagues. Ever get an unintelligible 4 word e-mail from your boss? Check. Ever get hand-written changes on a Powerpoint slide that made your handwriting in kindergarten look like calligraphy? Check.

I guess this is all much more predictable than I thought. I remember it even went so far that when I was in banking, one of our Managing Directors (nicknamed "The Terrorist" because he would randomly call you at 4am to make some minor edits of a random pitch with no chance!!) was notorious for leaving cryptic scratch all over the pitch book. Due to the fact I was on two live deals with The Terrorist, I soon became the bullpen's expert at decoding these hieroglyphics. Now I know why he was so careless - he was the dominant BSD and we were his "underlings", to put it nicely.

I would give his handwriting a 1.8 on a 1-10 readability scale. What about you primates? Does your boss send you e-mails that make no sense and hand written notes that look like they actually were written by an ape?

Some typical email from my past VP:

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pg 3 industry lined plus t2oters

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hrer now, coffee

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cash swp revolver with tlA not pay?

Or if we're talking about PPT, you think the slide below is bad? You haven't worked in investment banking.

Comments (12)

  • bonks's picture

    "logic check?"

    Got that shit sent to me every time I sent an email as an intern, but towards the end I realized what she was asking (kind of).

    Never had anything as unintelligible as what the nychimp posted though.

    Nothing short of everything will really do.

  • Disincentivy's picture

    Received this from a D

    eb mam pb 3

    I responded:

    io yday.

    He then sent me:

    ??

    I said, I interofficed project Mambo pitchbook to EB (spelled out name) yesterday.
    We are now the most efficient communicators office wide.

    I may not be on the Jedi Council, but I sure am great with the Force.

    See my WSO blog posts

  • Disincentivy's picture

    Quite frankly, Gate_Crasher; I think I am inherently and genetically more dominant than him. Ahhh the shit I have to put up with until I become the overlord...

    I may not be on the Jedi Council, but I sure am great with the Force.

    See my WSO blog posts