> However, when push comes to shove they do earn it.
Not quite. Some of them have the opportunity to earn it, precious few these days actually do.
It's been at least a decade (probably 2) since I've had a manager at any level who I believe might have taken the same path as the supervisor in this story. I'm fairly certain none of the current lot would even consider it, particularly the CEO e.g. who has been seen to publicly blame Sales, Marketing, et al for his own lack of direction, guidance, indecision, and so on.