Bill in Finance was always two steps ahead of everyone. On his climb up the greasy pole of corporate immortality, peers were left in his slipstream. Soaring above middle managers with his insight and persuasive manner. In meetings with important clients, Bill would answer their questions. Not in the order they were asked, but always two answers ahead. They would nod sagely at him and sign away their lives secure in the knowledge that he was two steps ahead. Called into the CEO’s office one day, Bill was unceremoniously fired. Reason? Falling two steps behind. Ain’t easy at the top.

 

From the Compendium of One Hundred Word Stories

 Picture from: Reuters
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