I never seriously considered leaving when Darrell's run ended. I still loved my job, and I had more to learn. Eventually, after the initial awkwardness faded, a few people asked how I kept from being bitter.
So what happens when you spend 17 days in close quarters with 40 strangers? You learn some lessons -- about life, about relationships and, of course, yourself. And if you pay enough attention, they translate directly to the way we all live, work and play.
As leaders, we must embody in words and deeds the values and practices we expect from others. It is important that we take the time to reflect honestly on our own role in possibly perpetuating an atmosphere that allows for office politics to flourish.
Let's not kid ourselves about our offices and meetings. Let's not pretend that our interaction needs don't often trump our business needs. Let's not pretend we're getting it all done efficiently. Let's accept it and feel less frustrated.
While my younger colleagues can, and often do, seek out my help or advice on a story, far more frequently it's me turning to them with questions about how to use the technology that now drives the news business.
I have a naive wish as I gaze upon a world in which "survival of the fittest" continues to be championed despite the tragic consequences both for those who ostensibly succeed and those who are left behind.