• For a lurid glimpse into life in the executive suite, you can't do better than the testimony in the shareholder lawsuit against Disney over the short, expensive tenure of Michael Ovitz. Shareholders accuse Disney's directors of botching their oversight of Ovitz's hiring and firing as the company's No. 2, and want $200 million -- Ovitz's $140 million severance, plus interest. They claim Ovitz was so grossly incompetent that he should have been fired for cause, and gotten no severance package.

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  • Hey, with the national political process well underway, wouldn't it be cool if you had grown up with the President-to-be and he owed you a big favor? Wrong! As tempting as that may sound, this kind of thinking will actually lead you to real failure in life on so many dimensions.

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  • Hollywood talent agencies never functioned the same after Ovitz sunk in his teeth. Now crunching the industry for the second time, the titan of talent intends to surpass his own reputation.

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