The CEO of a large advertising firm in New York City lived in
a stylish apartment on the upper Eastside during the week
and retreated to his home in the Hamptons on weekends.
One night he invited one manager that was transferring to
New York from a branch office to come to his apartment for
During the dinner the manager noticed certain signs of
intimacy between the CEO and his housekeeper. To make
matters worse, the CEO had spotted the manager’s
concerns in his body language and attitude.
“I can see that you are somewhat concerned about my
relationship with the housekeeper,” said the CEO. “I assure
you that our relationship is strictly professional.”
A few days later the CEO is having a quiet dinner alone in
his apartment and went to grab for the salt shaker. Asking
the housekeeper where the salt shaker could be she told
him that it had been missing since the manager had been
over for dinner.
The CEO sent an email to the manager saying, “I noticed
after your visit that the salt shaker was missing. Not saying
that you did take it for that you did not take it but my
housekeeper is wondering if you did take it.”
A couple of hours later the CEO received a return email
showing how clever the manager was.
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