Many of you know my story, and why I started JibberJobber. I got let go from a company where I was the general manager and couldn’t get a job, tried to figure out the job search, and eventually came up with JibberJobber, which is an awesome job search organizational tool, and a great long-term relationship manager.
Before I worked for that company, I was the IT Manager for a much larger, very successful building maintenance company. I was the first IT Manager they ever had (first IT professional, in fact), and I was able to realize some significant wins early on. I was given a lot of responsibility and absolutely loved every aspect of my job. The commute was awesome (about 7 minutes), my boss was terrific and well-positioned in the company, the salary was right, the company was growing,… etc etc. It was awesome, and I was in heaven.
Within a couple of years everything changed. I got involved in promoting an acquisition of our ERP vendor, and my perfect little job came crashing down on me over the next few of years. The acquisition happened and I moved over to that new subsidiary in a senior leadership position. There were some red flags, but I didn’t have much of a choice. And I never guessed the differences in company culture would be so strong.
That’s when I feel my career started to become destroyed. And shortly thereafter (3 years?) I was let go.
I was let go over the phone, by my old boss who was so awesome, and the president of parent company. I was warned “don’t burn any bridges” by the guy who I had been so very close to. It hurt to hear that warning, as I wondered who the heck he thought I was, to even have to warn me to not be a jerk.
The so-called family company kicked me out of the family. Spending years at a “family company,” and then getting voted off the island, was very painful.
I felt kicked in the teeth.
And I’ve held onto this pain for a long time. I’ll never trust an employer like I trusted that family company leadership again. I’ve learned, too many things can change, and job security is a farce. And, I kind of felt that getting rid of this chip on my shoulder would make me lose my ability to blog passionately (funny, I know :p).
I came across WE GOT FIRED! by Harvey Mackay. I like this type of book, as it chronicles stories of people who have been fired, or kicked in the teeth, and what they did after. All of the stories are about people who have become rockstars in their own world, people who I recognize as fabulously successful. But reading their experiences, and feelings, and actions, and attitudes, has been therapeutic for me.
I feel like listing everything I’ve learned from this book would sound too cliche, but for me, and my attitude, reading this book has been one of the best, most important experiences since I’ve been let go. If you have a chip on your shoulder, or are wondering what is next for you (with some fear and trepidation), I strongly encourage you to find a copy of WE GOT FIRED! by Harvey Mackay.