Project Spy has deteriorated to the point where it doesn't look like there is a deal left to do. Management now has it in their head that it would be cheaper, in the end, to restructure the unit themselves with their present divisional managers in place. How this math works, frankly, quite baffles me. Not only that, but the weeks and weeks of delay they have heaped on the group since we started talking to them has bled out three more senior salespeople. It had gotten to the point where there was serious talk within Sub Rosa about dropping our interest in the deal entirely since the deterioration was continual and severe.
Armin and the CEO had a letter writing exchange that slipped into the double digits over the last 48 hours but even Armin's formidable sorcery doesn't seem to have moved management any closer to numbers we can live with. I feel like the deal is entirely dead and I am ready to move on. My youth was showing, I think. Nothing doing, says Armin. "Half of the deals we've done we've been thrown out of twice before closing." Never say die, I suppose.