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Management article
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Reference no. R1112L
Authors: Jeffrey Pfeffer
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 2011

Abstract

This HBR Case Study includes both the case and the commentary. For teaching purposes, this reprint is also available in two other versions: case study-only and commentary-only. Adam Baker is a promising young COO at Straus Event Specialists and the protege of CEO Merwyn Straus, who acquired him along with his failed company, Tallyrymple, a few years ago. Adam suggested that SES and two partners invest in a chain of hotels, and now he wants to run the new business. 'That door isn't open to you' is Merwyn's response. 'Let it go,' says Adam's friend Kaleeb. 'Be more aggressive,' says Kaleeb's wife. Adam must decide whether to push Merwyn to give him the job. Commentary by Marshall Goldsmith, a leading executive educator and coach, and Richard C Kessler, the CEO of a group of 10 boutique hotels in the US.

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Abstract

This HBR Case Study includes both the case and the commentary. For teaching purposes, this reprint is also available in two other versions: case study-only and commentary-only. Adam Baker is a promising young COO at Straus Event Specialists and the protege of CEO Merwyn Straus, who acquired him along with his failed company, Tallyrymple, a few years ago. Adam suggested that SES and two partners invest in a chain of hotels, and now he wants to run the new business. 'That door isn't open to you' is Merwyn's response. 'Let it go,' says Adam's friend Kaleeb. 'Be more aggressive,' says Kaleeb's wife. Adam must decide whether to push Merwyn to give him the job. Commentary by Marshall Goldsmith, a leading executive educator and coach, and Richard C Kessler, the CEO of a group of 10 boutique hotels in the US.

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