4. Faith in the Tide

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The days flew by, and soon it was time for the manager to return to the sea for his next lesson. As he drove toward the beach, he reflected on the strange week he had just experienced.

The staff meeting had gone better than expected, but it had still been hard on all of them. To open the meeting, he offered an apology for having to share bad news, and then stated that it was inconsistent with the new emphasis on consideration not to tell them, right away, that their unit might be in jeopardy. He also shared his own dilemma, explaining that although there was as yet no official decision to downsize or close the unit, he felt ...

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