|Many moons ago, in the early 80s, I was involved with a custom software company that wrote code for anything from a Wang to a IBM PC and many other systems in between. We were all young and full of beans, as the saying goes, so we hired a guy (literally) from IBM to come in and "take us to the next level".|
HUGE mistake. Basically, this guy was worthless to a young startup company. He cost us salary, time and other intangibles that became an albatross around the neck of this vibrant young entity. In essence, trying to "do the right thing" by bringing in what we thought was "high end talent", this guy did nothing to aid in our advancement. He actually helped drive the company into the ground.
I was fortunate to be the main programmer, so I was able to walk away with all my clients after the company folded. I did very well as a consultant going forward but we were on the ground floor of the IBM/MSFT pc revolution and we were writing code for small business systems. That area absolutely exploded over the next few years. I was fortunate to reap a great benefit but it's always an afterthought about what could have been had this clown been more in tuned to what this small, flourishing company needed to help it grow!!!
There are way too many stories like this one....