Twenty-five years, to be exact. Twenty-five years of dedication to the company, of long hours, of reapplying what had always worked. Twenty-five years of promoting his own achievements, of elbowing out his internal competitors.
At last, his time to lead had come. But no sooner did he take charge than market conditions changed, and the company’s sales plummeted. He went with what he knew, but it no longer worked, and few would follow him anyway.
The company was broken up and sold in pieces.