The nickname given to a dependable blue collar grunt type of person always in the background doing the hard work supporting the hero, leader or boss but never getting the glory or basking in the limelight. A common name used by the American film industry for a minor supporting actor's character.
Because Corporal Bradshaw always accomplished the mission without incident or drama and never received recognition from his superiors, the platoon called him Kowalski.
A personality type characterised by rigid, linear and sequential thought processes. When faced with the problem of getting from point "A" to point "Z" persons of this type will automatically assume that they must pass through all points from "B" to "Y".
When the boss implemented a procedure for implementing new procedures and incorporating them into the office procedures manual everybody realised that the boss suffered from an affliction common to middle management - a betowhy personality and an inabiliy to see the big picture.