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How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business by Pat Walsh, Dave Hitz

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INTERLUDE: Lawyers Aren't Evil—Fairness and Morality Are Not Their Job

When I was young and naive, I thought the justice system was about fairness and morality.

My first exposure to the opposing view was when several college friends became lawyers. They were taught that laws are more like rules of a game. Four of a kind beats a full house, but there's no morality to it. I remember one lawyer arguing that morality and fairness are irrelevant; all that matters is passing some kind of judgment so that people can get on with their lives. This view felt wrong to me, and it helped me understand the reputation that lawyers have for being slimy and evil.

My time at NetApp has resulted in an extensive legal education. An early legal battle with Auspex almost ...

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