Careers: Never assume malice...

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One of my friends (B.B.) has a favorite saying that I particularly like: Never assume malice when incompetence will suffice.

I suppose it's a variation of Occam's Razor for graduate school / bureaucracies. I've been on both ends of this -- being dissed by faculty and not knowing why, and now being a faculty member who is swamped by work and doesn't always get back to things as quickly as she should. Sigh.

Other favorite sayings?

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That adage is known as "Hanlon's razor".

Fazal - Thanks! For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon's_razor

(yeah, yeah, wikipedia, so shoot me)

I always liked "Try to look unimportant; they might be low on ammunition."

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