Stark isn't playing dumb, he really is a cretin. He hasn't gotten over the following exchange from about a year ago. The guy is unimaginative, unintelligent, and boring. What is it they say, "It's always Starkest before the yawn."
You know, I must have read that post a half dozen times when you first put it up here. It's one of the few things I've read here that stuck with me long after I read it. I still think back to it once in a while. Honestly.
Your post was one of the most honest answers a manager is ever going to get. Not that anyone wants to hear it.
And the wisdom of it, is that at some point, ever manager will get promoted to a level where he/she will read that, and say "yep". It's inevitable. So very few are actually cut out to run a team in any company, let alone the company itself -- be it successful or failing, public or private. And let me tell you, being good at one doesn't make you good at the other, that's for sure.
But in true Dunning-Kruger style, the more idiotic ones on the street feel they're plainly qualified (but that the game is somehow "rigged" against them), whilst the qualified ones undervalue their own situability for the role and consciously admit an incompetence that isn't even there.
So it goes, and always will, for all managers. Tu fui ego eris.