It's hard to watch—here comes the new guy who just landed a big recruiting package and there goes a valued former colleague, waving goodbye as he departs for his huge deal elsewhere. Meanwhile, you're stuck at your desk because you're at the mid-point of the contract that was attached to the huge deal you signed a few years ago.

You could still move, of course, and get a package from another firm large enough to repay your obligation to your current contract. You might even have a tidy sum left over.

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