But no man is a hero to his family and in the Botogol family it is taken for granted that although I sit at the head of the table, I occupy the bottom of the pecking order.
Fifteen Moai by anoldent
Well, second bottom, I'd claim; above the cat, for while the cat has free access to the garden and all the food it can eat, they don't trap me in a small box to travel in the car. Not normally, anyway.
However the ability to lord it over the cat, while reassuring in the privacy of my home, does not wholly compensate for my lack of status and no doubt my deference at home does not help me to command the respect that my casual acquaintances assume is mine at work.
For I am not at the apex of Project Phoenix, and Project Phoenix, is not the most prestigious project in the bank.
Even so: I was still disappointed last week when, covering for a sick secretary2, I made a rare trip to the C-Suite on the 27th floor, to photocopy and deliver a deck of handouts to the Project Phoenix Supreme Oversight Governance Committee, where I distributed biscuits3 and helped them dial into the audio call.
I was little hurt that my appearance in this modest guise evidently lacked sufficient incongruity to even raise a smile.
"My deck is stapled at the bottom", complained the Senior Business Sponsor of Workstream Three, with just a hint of menace.
I had done it wrong
"Can I get you anything else?" I asked the Overall Programme Controller.
"No, Alfred, that's fine just close the door as you leave" he said in the Voice.
I was glad it was Friday, with all the senior brass occupied in the Governance Group I could sneak off home early and beat the cat.
1 long forgotten in the real world but still occupying a mantelpiece on my cv,
2 Off for two weeks; hiring a temp takes three weeks
3 Yes, the meeting attendees really are that senior