During an office Christmas party many years ago, I, fortified by several, ahem, “adult” beverages, questioned the owner/president of our company about the job duties of a certain executive, who in my humble opinion, was obscenely overpaid in relation to the amount of work he performed.

He assured me that the man in question’s claim to fame was that he had successfully “straightened out” our Chicago office during a downturn in the company fortunes.

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