7 Trying a Different Strategy

“What the hell do you mean, ‘she quit’?!” Chuck shouted over the phone the morning after Des had reported the resignation to Arellus’ corporate counsel.

“Exactly as it sounds, Chuck,” Des replied in a just-the-facts tone of voice. “She quit, threatened to sue us, and left the building.”

“That’s ridiculous!” Chuck bellowed. “She’s got no grounds. She’s a wimp—can’t hang with the big boys. I should have fired her, too!”

Des had prepared himself for Chuck’s outrage and had no intention of matching it. He didn’t want to rehash the incident; he just wanted to move forward.

“Well, I guess we’ll see what happens with that soon enough,” Des said. “In the meantime, I need to keep going. So I reached out to a headhunter I know. He’s found me a potential candidate for her slot who might be perfect for us. I’m meeting with her tomorrow morning.”

“Another woman? Seriously?”

“Yes, boss, another woman,” said Des, definitively. “I’m going to hire the best candidate for the job. And respectfully, I’d like to ask you to let me get on with turning this company around, as I promised you I would.”

“Fine. You do that,” Chuck said in a less than enthusiastic tone. “But what about Emperor’s prototype?”

Des took a deep breath. He’d expected Chuck was going to ask. “I’m not going to lie to you; Janet’s resignation makes things more complicated. But, if I can get this new recruiter in right away, and they can bring in some new engineering talent with the skills that we ...

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