Brian Tracy is one of the most respected "success experts." His countless books and tapes and seminars continue to sell well, and his concepts are timeless. In his book Full Engagement, Tracy describes a dangerous type of employee: the Articulate Incompetent.
Beware of "articulate incompetents." These people are everywhere today...disrupting the workplace. They are a manager's worst nightmare. Every manager eventually meets, and even hires, one or more of them. These people have only one skill: the ability to interview for a job. They are pleasant, friendly, charming, have a good sense of humor, ask you a lot of questions about yourself, and seem to be fascinated with you and your personal history.
You warm to them almost immediately. But interviewing well is their only skill. Once you hire an articulate incompetent, you will find that the person never produces anything of value. These individuals are incredibly artful with excuses and dodges. They always have a reason why the job has not been done. They are always talking about the great job that they are just about to do. They warm up to and make friends with everybody, and often become quite popular, at least in the short term.
But they never seem to do anything of value. Even worse, in three to six months, they will come to you with a list of excuses and reasons why they haven't quite gotten the job done yet, but they will want a large increase in salary.Source: Brian Tracy, Full Engagement
Does this sound like any Presidential candidate you know?
This is almost a perfect description of the Presidency of Barack Obama. He was charming--the "greatest orator of his generation." Almost without excpetion, he has "interviewed well" for jobs--from Harvard Law editor, to state senator, to Senator to President. People regularly claim that he prefers campaigning to governing--in political parlance, that means he is skilled at interviewing for the job (campaigning) but never produces any thing of value. He is excellent at generating excuses--it is Bush's fault, no one could be expected to do better in this economy, it takes more than one term, the Republicans in Congress were too obstructionist, and on and on. He remains popular in a I'd-like-to-have-a-beer-with-him way. But people are getting weary of having him around.
And here he is, coming to us at the end of fours years, asking for the only "raise" we can give him: four more years.
Tracy's advice for dealing with the Articulate Incompetent? Avoid them at all cost.