The executive I report up to (my boss's boss's boss) is a very eccentric and awkward individual. He is a very polarizing figure, but most people I talk to are weirded out by him.
Here are a few examples of things he's done in the last week:
Walked by every single person's cube on the floor to tell them how much the CEO made and commented how it was unfair. He literally spent the entire afternoon doing this.
Insisted that his friend has Type 7 Diabetes, despite overwhelming evidence that there is no such thing
Crashed a random team breakfast and ate 8 donuts. (They had only bought 1 dozen).
While on the phone in his office with his door opened, shouted "My dog's better! My dog's better!" about 20 times. I still have no idea the context for this.
In other circumstances, I'd just ignore his eccentricities or laugh it off. But for better or worse, he thinks I'm the best employee in his organization and always tells other people about it. He speaks about how he is my mentor and how I am just a younger version of him. I'm fearful that people are going to start associating the two of us together.
For example, there was one town hall he was speaking at. Before his turn, he sat in the front row munching loudly on a family sized bag of Cheetos. When it was his turn to speak, he stood up in front of everybody with a heavy layer of Cheeto dust all over his hands and face and spent the next 10 minutes talking about an award I won and how I am his protege. I got strange looks the whole day.
How should I deal with this? I don't want to quit, because I really enjoy my job and my team. But I'm getting tired of dealing with the extra attention he's giving me. Should I try to distance myself from him? Or should I just keep the course and hope this ends up doing more good for me than harm?