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Cynically speaking, our main job responsibility is to please our boss and to make him/her look good. This entails we perform well in a way that our boss can claim credit for and to be loyal in a way that our boss's policies promoted and his weaknesses shielded. Sometime, we may even need to shoulder blame for our boss's fault. This chapter gives an example of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Gen. David Petraeus, who made their bosses look ?>bad?> and ?>good?> respectively, to demonstrate the opposite ends of this doctrine. It defines rules, such as winning trust by showing loyalty, gaining gratitude by sharing credit and taking blame, being astute by watching for nuances, being proactive and farsighted, and showing enthusiasm for challenging assignments, which when practiced can help us achieve deftness in being boss smart.