Good Bye, Mr. Dithers

Dick Wilson spent a dozen years climbing the chain of command at a Houston subsidiary of paper-products maker Alco Standard Corp. But when a new boss arrived in 1981, Wilson, by this time second in command, saw his star begin to fade. After refusing for months to heed hints to quit, he was transferred--at full salary--to a janitor's job, pushing a broom in the warehouse and mopping the employee cafeteria. Wilson soon suffered a nervous breakdown and left the company. "They were doing everything they could to encourage me to walk," he recalls. "I went bonkers."

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