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    • That reminds me of a company that had three outstanding employees — two of our best engineers and the head of design, who was super talented and productive. The two engineers had an engineering manager who wasn’t receptive to many improvements the engineers wanted to make.

      So, realizing that to ask permission was to seek denial, they stealthed together on Friday nights when everyone had left the office, often until midnight. They made some of the best improvements to the product that way which our customers loved.

      Unfortunately, to get ready for the high energy push it took from 6-12, they would go out running or some such on Friday afternoons. And that is how they became known to senior managers as slackers. While others were staying until 5 on Fridays, they were out running by 3.

      One got fired and the other two left.