Clare decided that the best way to get an accurate read on Ted might be to take him out of the office and put him in a less structured environment.

“I've got an errand to run, and I thought we could do our interview while we're out,” Clare announced.

Ted shrugged. “Sounds fine to me.”

They got into Clare's minivan, with Cheerios dotting the floor, and headed for Target. “I have to get a birthday present for one of my daughters' friends,” Clare explained.

During the drive, they talked about Ted's management philosophy and about the people he managed at NBC. Most of his answers were certainly appropriate, though not specific. According to Ted, he hadn't had any real problems with subordinates.

As for the nontraditional setting of the ...

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