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Victor: I would like you to smooth things over with Adam, alright? Not only in Newman/Locke’s best interest, but in yours, as well, to make sure that the merger with ChanceCom goes smoothly.
Victoria: So, what should i do, dad? Should I tie him to a chair? Lock him in the office? What?
Victor: Try to make him feel welcome and appreciated and respected.
Victoria: Oh, I see. So, you want me to stroke his fragile ego.
Victor: My darling, let me teach you a little lesson. As CEO, you need to be able to deal with the entire executive staff, even with people who disagree with you, alright? And you tell Ashland about that, as well.
Victoria: What are you suggesting?
Ashland: I’m suggesting that we change my title. Now, advisor made sense when we were first merging the companies. There was little hope then that I could do anything else.
Victoria: Honestly, Ashland, does it really matter what your title is? We’re both — we’re both running this company.
Ashland: It will matter to other people, especially when I start taking on more responsibility. Don’t you see that? That’s why I was so upset on the phone before — because that was the legal department. They were giving me a hard time about — about making a small change on a relatively unimportant matter.
Victoria: Well, who are you dealing with? I will call them, and I will explain the situation.
Ashland: No, no, no. I really don’t want you to do that. I need to be respected on my own right, in this building and out there in the world. And that’s what a title does. It will also send a message that I’m not some sickly old man on his way out.
Victoria: Oh, come on. I think you’re making a big deal out of a very small issue. It’s obvious that you’re the strong, smart businessman that you’ve always been.
Ashland: No. That reputation you just described — I lost that because of the illness. I need to get that back if I’m gonna operate at full capacity. I am proposing that we change my title to co-CEO. Now, we can have a provision in there in case something goes wrong, if my condition changes and I need to step back or, God forbid, step out entirely. But this makes sense. What do you think? Do you have a problem with sharing the work? Do you have a problem with sharing the title?