Times must still be hard in some circles. Twice last week prospects flattered me. Of course, I knew they were attempting to seduce me into providing them with below-average pricing on the assignments they wanted me to do. And, of course, I wound up not doing work for them because they did not have the budget or were unwilling to shake loose enough for me to make a profit.
Ever since atypical presidential candidate John Kennedy won against the typical establishment figure Richard Nixon, deconstructing human strategies and tactic has gone mainstream. The check-out clerk in the supermarket will tell you what the Christie Administration is doing so wrong and positing a more effective course of action.
In addition, flattery is bad manners. Note how neither the elite nor the servants in "Downton Abbey" flatter.