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Help me with a story: “Taking charge at the office”

I’m working on one of these men’s-magazine columns I periodically write on workplace politics, and am on the hunt for possible interview subjects. The subject is pretty funny: It’s about what happens when a guy is suddenly appointed head of his department, his team, or his office — and has to figure out some dramatic move to illustrate that he’s now in charge. Firing someone? Boldly changing the flavor of coffee in the communal kitchen? The examples could be small, medium, funny, pathetic, ridiculous, or whatever — and the guy has to be in his 20s or 30s.

Know anyone who fits the bill and wants to tell me his story? If so, email me and let me know! Anonymity’s not a problem if someone has a funny story but doesn’t want to get in trouble for telling it — and the deadline is Friday.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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