In the '80s, managers who bought out their own businesses could land huge windfalls. In a more sober 1996, however, MBOs aren't such easy earners.
Once upon a time there was a divisional manager, an average type of bloke who put in just enough effort to keep out of trouble, and whose division performed accordingly - not disastrously, but not too brilliantly either. This division was a bit of a backwater anyway, not strictly related to the corporation's mainstream business, which is why one day top management decided to dispose of it. Rumours of this impending change gradually seeped into the consciousness of our manager, who felt somewhat unnerved by the thought of new and presumably more demanding bosses. Musing gloomily with his colleagues on this unpleasant prospect, he had a sudden brainwave.