You know the guy I'm talking about, right?
Arrogant, self-absorbed, know-it-all, that goes out of his way to suck up to the boss, the boss' boss, anyone above his level that might possibly advance his lame career. A manager mistakenly given charge of real people. A grandiose glory-hog that will run over you just to get attention. No respect, no class, no real future.
Pitiful, eh? We often get sucked into their world, usually by accident. We know we're above their behavior, but they tend to strike a nerve when they put us on the spot. They have a real talent for hitting our hot buttons.
Take a breath. They really aren't worth another thought.
You see, they will fail because their life is not in balance. They place such importance on things that ultimately do not matter that they usually wind up the failing. Or they get sucked into a hierarchy that is only interested in "what have you done for me lately?" Sometimes they wake up to what they have done to themselves. Sometimes they do not.
Pray for them and move on. I know you'd probably like to try and help them, unfortunately, they usually will not listen. Leave them be. Hug your child, kiss your wife, and thank God you're not them.