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April 08, 2010

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Dick LaRosa

Sounds like Marvin kept making the same types of machine for the same types of customers and didn't grow the business into new fields that could use his talents. Employees can't afford to get stuck in a company that is going nowhere and is, in fact, shrinking. Helping Marvin out of his immediate problems would only be a short-term solution and trap Jerry in the downward path. A new Marvin with new vision was needed.

Fred Katz

It was a good story. The important feature of this story is that sometimes you have to know when to say no to business. Even if you completed the requirements of the assignment, there would be a good probability that you would not get paid in full, due to the declining nature of this failing business. This is bad business.

If Jerry accepted the assignment, an initial retainer and progress payments should be part of the consulting agreement.

As far as Marvin's programmer that went to work for the mob, he was doing honest work for dishonest people. If he was a house painter, he would be judged more approvingly than the programmer.

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