CHAPTER31

Rules for the Reorg

You've been here.

It's after 10 p.m. and you get a random e-mail from your boss saying, "We need to talk." No additional data except for a meeting proposal that shows up 30 seconds later entitled "Re: Needing to Talk." You sit staring at the screen, wondering what could be up. No rumors of layoffs are in the air; the company is doing fine. You can't think of anything you've done, said, or written that merits a managerial follow-up, so what's the deal?

By the time the meeting shows up the next day, you've been stewing for a good 12 hours, which means you've reflected on every single thing you've done for the past six months so you can be prepared for whatever curveball your boss is going to throw. When you walk in ...

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