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Job Transitions — Cans of Worms versus a Few Loose Ends

The latest issue of the ACC Docket (available on-line to Association of Corporate Counsel members only) has an amusing-but-serious article by Adobe’s Philip Strauss about the challenges of moving into an in-house counsel job. (Scroll down to page 5 of the PDF.) One of his comments was:

When you step into a new in-house job, you will inherit someone else’s work (you will also leave some unnamed heir an inheritance of your own in your previous job).

That reminded me of an old Navy saying: Whenever you relieve [take over] in a billet [job], it seems like you inherit a real can of worms that the previous guy left for you. But then two or three years later when you’re relieved by the next guy, you yourself leave just a few loose ends to tie up. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.

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