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Deliver the Unexpected: And Six Other New Truths for Business Success by Richard Robbins

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Chapter 2

The Nemesis

When Josh woke up the next morning, Kiera was already out of bed. He rolled over and looked at the clock, then groaned. He'd overslept.

He gulped down a cup of not so fresh coffee in the kitchen, grabbed his things, and headed out to the car. As he expected, the for sale sign was still on the Haltons' front yard. On the bright side, though, Ben had already gone to work. Josh wasn't sure he was ready to face him yet.

As it turned out, that would be the last of the good news of the morning.

Things started going downhill on the way to work. Josh passed three more new for sale signs on homes, each with the same name as the one on the Haltons' lawn: Amy Deerham.

How is she doing it? Josh wondered. She seemed to be everywhere. At a time when nearly everyone seemed to be struggling in work and business, Amy Deerham was flying high. If anything, though, the signs served one purpose: They fed Josh's competitive spirit and he vowed to step up his game. He may have got off to a late start that morning, but there was plenty of day left and he had some big plans. Look out Amy Deerham. There's a new Josh in town.

When Josh reached the office he said a quick hello to Kelli at reception, then headed straight for his desk. It was time to get to work. He'd barely dropped into his chair, though, when his boss, Carl, knocked on the open door. “Can I talk to you for a second, Josh?”

“Sure,” Josh said absently, as he rifled through a stack of folders on his desk. “What's up?” ...

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