Brad Feld’s venture capitalist-perspective commentary on CEO-firing best practises — every day when you wake up ask yourself if you support your CEO, and if you don’t, then fire him/her — reminds me of a classic Westley moment from The Princess Bride:
Finally, [the Dread Pirate] Roberts decided something. He said, “All right, Westley, I’ve never had a valet. You can try it for tonight. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” Three years he said that. “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”
Granted, it worked out for Westley, but it’s a nasty way to live if you’re the one waking up every day waiting to find out if that day is the one on which you buy it.