From http://www.marylaine.com/exlibris/xlib107.html, "Being an Anomaly: Male Librarians," a phrase describing people who are unexpectedly promoted in their job and pushed toward management work whether they seek it or not, because of characteristics they can't control. Metaphorically, the employee can't see that they've stepped onto an upward path. (In this article, it referred to male librarians, a minority in the field, being expected to work in administration rather than, say, children's services.)

The opposite of "glass ceiling," which women have sometimes confronted in career fields where they are a minority.

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