It's kind of like you have to find the "Dumbed Down Level" that your Management fits into. Then, you don't over aspire and they'll feel you're one of them. Cream does not rise to the top in US Corp. Management! Just the "Crap", especially in IT!
When working for a Fortune 500 Company in Aerospace 20 years ago, our CIO for over 4500 employees we found out was "Computer Illiterate", only a C.P.A. who was there to "squash" most projects. Our internal Division Clients hated him, we despised him. He paid $250.00/ hr. one time to a consultant to "translate what I said" about a question Division Mgrs. had about SNMP Traps capability for spying on their employees.
Next while teaching for a huge S/W House in Silicon Valley for over 6 years all over North America, I would constantly ask my students (over 2000 in this sample over 4 years), how they would rate their Mgt. on a scale of +1-+10. Average answer 4!
We'll I'd say, not good, but at least you can keep the doors open, people paid and function? They'd say NO! You don't get it "that was a -4 on a scale of +1 - +10 !"
Then I"d say; "you mean a bare assed, naked Carribean Islander washing up on a Miami Beach, could run your IT Dept. better?" 100% Answered "without a doubt". Those Islanders had "common sense", or they could not endured that 500 mile journey without food and little water to get to USA!
My conclusion: Burn every last Business College in USA as all they're putting out is Moron's!
I know this is disheartening to hear - but as I started out above saying: "you have to find the "Dumbed Down Level" that your Management fits into. Then, you don't over aspire and they'll feel you're one of them." Sorry to have to tell you this, but I think you need to hear it to survive!