‘Had this Nick,’ Michael lifted the book, “somehow gotten into your company he would’ve became your CEO in a blink of an eye. Or even better, a trusted advisor to your CEO. Same for my company.”
He opened the book on a random page and read in a sing-song voice:
“ … And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful …”
He put the book down and smiled at Joan.
“Now try and recall what you thought of your management last time they promoted yet another moron. Or when they didn’t promote you.