Despite nearly 20 years in this business, I never fail to marvel at the adroitness of large companies at spinning what basically amount to civilized executions at the top levels of management.

Whether they refer to it as a soon-to-be-former executive “spending some more time with their family,” or choosing to “pursue personal business interests,” it inevitably means that a beefy-necked security guard stood nearby while said executive tearfully cleaned out their desk, registered with their local unemployment office and embarked on the next phase of their life.

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