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No. of Recommendations: 19
Your company president, in another city, donated a picture of him and his wife to your office. You put it up in the john. He visits and sees it in the men's room. You have some explaining to do. Write an e-mail that's going to save your ass.

Dear Mr. Beneke,

Thank you so much for the beautiful family portrait. You wouldn't believe the debate we had over who got to put it in his office. With so many of us vying for it, and not just because of the autographs, we soon realized that we needed a compromise, a way to create the win-win situation for which you've taught us all to strive.

After trying to reach consensus, we recalled that our janitor, Mr. Sysco, has always had a way of flushing out the essence of the situation, so we asked him for his thoughts. He said to hand over the picture, and he'd make sure it got to a place where every man could not only see it, but could give it the respect it deserved.

While we had no idea he would put it in the men's room, I trust that you can appreciate the beauty of Mr. Sysco's solution: he matched the open office environment you've fostered by placing it where each man must truly open himself up; he matched the respectful office environment you've fostered by placing it where each man can gaze at it in peaceful solitude; and he matched the go get 'em attitude you've fostered by placing it where each man is sure to have his tool in hand ready to go.

You've taught us well, Mr. Beneke; each of us now truly feels like a wiz.

David
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