Dammit, we just lost another one!”

Everyone turned and looked at Dave Marx, the chief technology officer. The executive team was in its weekly meeting and Regina Clark, the chief marketing officer, was reporting on marketing initiatives. Dave, as always, had one eye on his smartphone and interrupted the meeting with his sudden outcry.

Will turned to him, “Dave, are you checking out the Mets again?”

“No, Will. I’ve just lost another manager from an important position. Alan Saffran just gave his notice.”

“Do you know why?”

“No, but I intend to find out. I’m really surprised about Alan. He’s always seemed happy here and we just promoted him to manager ...

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