Chapter 15

The Rise and Fall of Mr. R.

The case we are about to relate is a composite of executives we have known. Our description does not reflect a single individual, but we have tried to keep our depiction consistent and familiar. While there are extreme cases on both sides of the hypothetical person we describe, we wanted to portray a person with more normative qualities, both positive and negative.

The recommended way that a company would evaluate an executive would be to gather information from multiple sources, including from people outside the company if possible. You can think of it as an enhanced 360-degree review (a review that captures information from multiple perspectives). Unfortunately, and to our great disappointment, in many ...

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