OK, in the spirit of getting the dead fish out of the drawer, I have to tell you that no matter how long he has been here, and how much loyalty we have toward him, Jerry is just not able to oversee moving a factory from one country to another. He just can’t pull that off.” So said the head of operations at the beginning of an executive team meeting.

If you were a visitor to this particular conference room, you might wonder what in the world this guy was talking about. Did someone named Jerry leave his sushi in the desk drawer the night before? And why would that disqualify him from heading up this project?

On the other hand, if you were a member of this executive team, you would have known exactly what he meant. ...

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