I work for a large corporation and lately many of my co-workers have been in a promotion slump. The area executive in charge of my area has been promoting idiots lately. (Ex. Managers that cannot read, write or compute basic math correctly on their own) All of the people that have been promoted by this area executive have fit the incompetent profile besides my previous manager who was very capable. This area executive isn't dumb, his credentials are from UPenn. My current manager won't give anyone a promotion nor a raise. I've been thinking of possibly getting the area executive a bottle of nice scotch for the upcoming holidays to try to gain some favor in getting a promotion. His word counts, my manager doesn't. Has anyone here tried the grafting method in getting promotions? If so, did it work as planned or was it a fail? The economy sucks and I want to get paid more.