What is the term for when a person gets out of doing a task by saying to someone:

You are better at that than I am so you can do it.

I read an article a few years ago about this term but I cannot remember it.


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It is called strategic incompetence. Among other people who have mentioned this are Scott Adams, the originator of the Dilbert comic strip. It is a recurring theme in the strip with many variations. One of the primary characters with this as a feature of his personality is Wally.

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    I wonder why you didn’t go with the main name in your linked article that they use at least five or six times instead of the offhand “also called” reference they mention once.
    – Jim
    Dec 25, 2022 at 2:17

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