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Personal Missteps Should Raise Eyebrows

Patricia Harned | October 11, 2006

The cold pavement shocks your feet as you shuffle to the end of the driveway for the morning newspaper. You are almost back to the front door when you see it—a small headline below the fold containing the name of an executive at your company.

You rub your eyes, thinking that you’re seeing things; but it’s there. The article says your executive was spotted by a reporter two nights ago with an unidentified man at the bar of a prominent restaurant. The two talked briefly and shook hands, exchanging something in the process.

Suspicious, the reporter followed the stranger as he left the bar. The account says the man was confronted by the police a block from the restaurant and arrested for operating of a gambling ring and possessing of a small amount of illegal substances. No charges have been filed against your executive … yet.

The temperature outside causes you to shiver—or is it the news story? You wonder how long it will take for...

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