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Congratulations! You are in the prime of your career. You are a senior executive at a well-respected company. You have successfully negotiated and executed an employment agreement that rewards you for your impressive skills, years of experience, and high demand in the marketplace. Although your company is not performing particularly well right now, you believe things will improve and that, in any event, you have protection through severance provisions triggered upon any termination of your employment or change of control of the company. Life is good, and you sleep well at night.