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in their right mind was look­ing to hire a search con­sul­tant.

As that dra­matic dis­in­te­gra­tion played out in early 2002, I had to present our of­fice’s re­sults and per­spec­tives at the firm’s an­nual part­ners’ meet­ing in Switzer­land. As soon I walked on­stage, the au­di­ence of some 200 of my col­leagues went dead silent, wait­ing to hear what I would say. I was solemn and can­did. I told them that our bril­liant past in Ar­gentina would never

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