Hahaha, yes, been here 12 years now, and still don't know the drill, perhaps I have the same "bad" qualities you have trying "good engineering practice".
I do not need to win actually, I stay under the radar and prevent politics. i see a lot of people come and go, all the same "issues", but they are employed and thus report to these. i don't have anyone I need to discuss with. 100% private owned here.