Do you think management are the only ones who are dumbasses? People are dumbasses. All of them, including me.
I have known of company secrets because the IT people where dumbasses. If I type a command I should NOT get a list of all the passwords the people use. In plain text. When I do not work in IT.
I have seen extreme high level secrets due to failing IT people. At one time I had access to ALL areas including those that I should not have had access to. Reaction from IT when I told them? "If you have access, somebody thinks you must have it, so you got it." How is that for being a dumbass.
So please get of your high horse, you are nothing special. I have had stupid managers who were capable of nothing and responding to EVERY question with "Please ask houghi" and protected by N+2. ObviouslyN+1 was fired when N+2 had to leave.
I have had managers who were great at what they were doing, yet did not had my knowledge, because that is why they had me. I have had people working for me. Some smart, some stupid. As a whole, some people are smart and some people are stupid.
I have know about afairs on several levels and all I was interested in was if it would affect the job. If not, I had as much interest in it as in whomever is on the frontpage of the tabloid. Unless they were friends, I would treat them as proffesional as always and who they have sex with is none of my business, regardless of their function.
I even had one manager who felt he needed to explain that the rumours of his afair with another manager were not true. I told him I do not care if it true or not. And to this day I do not know if there was some truth in it or not and I do not care.
I often am the person people feek the need to tell secrets to. They think it is because I can keep a secret. The real reason is that I do not care. I do not even exclude myself of being stupid and a dumbass. I have done some stupid things. Some where I was lucky not to get fired for.
So please when you say managers are dumb, please do not exlude the rest of the people.