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decision time for Len as he preferred to be called, he had to find employment
soon so he called upon several friends he had in college.
particular said he could help him get a very lucrative job where he worked. The
company ran several enterprises and needed someone with Len’s skills of
management. They bought failing businesses and brought them back to
profitability. They had followed Len’s process as he reorganized his father’s
business and saved it.
for Len was his new position was going to be above his friend’s level and he
didn’t feel comfortable with that.
said “Not to worry, you getting this job will probably save my butt, for I
wasn’t getting the job done. My working
under you will protect my position and I need that protection.
buying some of the companies they reorganized they took a percent of ownership
for their help that way the owners didn’t lose their business completely.
After a year
Len was firmly set in his position and his mind turned toward finding a wife.
This was partly because of his mother and sisters constantly urging him to join
the ranks of those who are family men.
It wasn’t as
if he hadn’t been dating but the women he went out with were good enough for a
date but not for marriage.
questioned on this he simply said there were qualities he was looking for in a
mate for life he had not found in the girls he had been going out with.
“Why did you
go out with them if they weren’t what you were looking for?”
by saying, “The way you find out about them is to spend time with them and not
just judge on a casual meeting where people put their best foot forward.”
year of not finding what he wanted in a wife; a woman came to the office to
discuss upgrading her business. As it turned out it she owned a large company
she had been given by her folks but at this time it had become stagnant and
I Came to See Mr. Len Please.
interviewed by his second in command she requested to see Len for he was the
reason she was here.
Len was busy
but his aide said, “I think you will want to see this one.”
moment he put the papers he was working on away and said, “Show her in.”
offered some refreshment which she declined she was seated and a moment later
Len appeared and introduced himself.
introductions, the woman spoke saying, “I need some help in getting my company
Len said, “I
know something of your company and as a matter of fact we have discussed making
you an offer for it.”
“Put your check book away because it is not for sale.”
first time since she got there, Len actually looked at the woman. His attention
was drawn to her hair which was cut short but was the oddest color of red he
had ever seen. It was a dark shade of red almost a black hue you could sense as
well as see.
“That color must be something they
dreamed up at the beauty shop.” For a moment he forgot the reason she was
there and let his gaze go from her hair to her face.
stared at her she became a little agitated and said is there something wrong?
He came to himself
somewhat and said, “No I was just trying to see how you would best fit in your
business or be able to use all your assets to your greatest advantage.”
He thought, “That sure sounded lame,” and he could
see she felt the same way.
For the next
half hour he tried not to look at her and laid out what he felt her problems
were and some solutions for making things better.
He went on
by saying, “This is only from an outsider’s point of view but should we be
hired I can come up with a concise program guaranteed to increase the value of
your company and bring it back into the main stream of today’s business.”
She said, “When
can I see something on paper?”
He said, “I
can have a preliminary plan worked out and we can discuss it over dinner
tonight if you’re available.Strictly
business of course, except I would like you’re opinion on a subject other than
the plan for your company.”
like my opinion?”
Well that sounds interesting.”
meet at seven at Marko’s for a steak. Let
me show you out for I have a lot of work to do before seven.”
As they were
saying their goodbyes he looked at her and wondered.
It was a
busy day as he had his staff do a lot of vetting on Miss Charles. Len wanted to know as much about her as possible
before the evening.
together a plan for her was easy for he had done it many times before.He would only need her input to finish it up.
seemed to be a long time coming for Len because he was looking forward to
seeing her again. He tried to remember what it was about her that had
captivated him. Her hair, her eyes, her voice; it was all of her was his
He now knew
a lot about her where she had gone to school which was a private school all of
her life. Something about her dating habits and what kind of guys she went out
with and her business experience. He thought this evening is going to be very