The Empty Suit

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Hey, Mr. CEO: I sat just two cubes down from your office. During the three months that I worked for your company, I always made it a point to say hello—every time we passed in the halls, I looked you professionally in the eye, smiled and said hello. After looking me right in the eye for a second, you looked at the wall, the ceiling and your shoe, and then brushed past me without saying a word. Your exaggerated efforts to avoid eye contact were more work than grunting hello would have been. On about our 10th encounter, we passed in a narrow walkway, and you finally grunted good morning—to a machine on your left. Great example for the team, Mr. CEO.


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