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Execs and admins: Bond that saves lives

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The bond between a boss and assis­­tant is far from ordinary. And feelings of devotion often run both ways.

Consider these true stories of assistants and their executives:

 1. An assistant had booked her CEO on a weekend ski trip. On Monday, though, her boss hadn’t returned. When she called his cellphone, it went straight to voice mail. The hotel and car-rental companies both told her that he’d never checked out.

In a panic, she called another skier on the trip, who said that the exec had decided to take one last run down the slopes, while the rest of the group departed for earlier flights.

So the assistant contacted the ski patrol. About 11 a.m. the next day, they found him—frostbitten, disoriented and huddled in the woods with a dead cellphone.

To this day, he credits his assistant with saving his life.

2. Assistant Lisa White needed a kidney transplant, when her boss, Chris Jernigan, had himself tested to see if his organ would be a match. It was, so he gave his assistant a kidney.

The pair, who work for Southmountain Children and Family Serv­ices, appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about the experience. Asked about his motivation, Jernigan said, “This was just one more thing that I was able to do to help out a good friend and an employee.”

— Adapted from “Outrageous assistant tasks,” Blake Ellis, CNN Money.

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