Harriet was the COO imposed on Ed by his company's private equity owners who were forced out by Ed's dirty tricks, and The Brats are the 20-something-year-old super-sharpies employed by the owners to monitor Ed's company.
'Now we're going to have some fun,' adds Ed, 'Bob's a hard bastard. Job 1 is to get rid of all those placemen put in by Harriet and The Brats to spy for the PE bastards (I mean our sponsors).'
'Job 2 is to use Ed's extensive contacts in the industry to do some mischief to our competition.'
A month later the diary entry reads.
'Called the top managers to a meeting to introduce Bob. I spelt it out to the Harriet-cronies. "Some of you, I know, were close to Harriet Huntsman and her ways of doing things. Those ways will now change, so some of you, and I know who you are, may want to review your future with this company."
'You could have heard a pin drop.'
'Later in my office with Bob I hand him a list of all the marked men together with files on each one - some of them company files, some from the private dick I employed to get Harriet.'
'"First of all we'll do some pruning of the rose bush," I said to Bob, "then we'll dig in some dung and get the bugger to grow".'
'Bob grinned. He's a man after my own heart,' writes Ed, 'roll on my $25 mill.'