Her usually peppy voice had changed, not in tempo, which was always rushed, but in tone.  There was an urgency associated with her words that had replaced the excitement that I was used to.  Immediately, I attended to the conversation.  The customer hadn’t paid.  The company was in trouble. It was up to him to fix it, and fix it quickly.  The orders he was working on wouldn’t matter if the company couldn’t pay their bills.

All it took was one bad deal.  That’s the problem with huge ventures.  They put us at risk.  The bottom line starts at the office, but it is the roots that support the tree.  Each branch supporting an employee, each leaf, their family. Kill the roots, kill the tree.  Kill the tree… and it was more than I could take on right now.

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