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Took the Place of the Boss

Noting that a business acquaintance who seemed to have only average abilities had moved up rapidly in his company to become a vice president, I asked him his secret to success. He told me that it was quite simple.

“Not long after I started my first job, I got the name of an excellent executive recruiter. I gave my boss’s name to the recruiter, who lured him away from our firm, and I assumed his vacated position. I’ve been doing the same thing with every boss since then,” he said.

Contributed by W.R.W., Reader’s Digest, October 1981

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