On Being Fired

17 Nov

Last week I had a long lunch with a friend who had just been fired. He shared a copy of his farewell note to his staff.  I can only describe it as gracious.  This is an excellent example of the best type of respect: Self-respect. When you lose your job, later what people seem to remember is only how you left.  He departed with grace and style. “Courage is grace under pressure” – Hemingway

For most of us being involuntarily unemployed is an emotionally catastrophic experience. Evidence shows it is one of the top five most stressful events.  Most people walk away stunned, even when the event was handled in a sensitive manner (more about this next week).  If you ask, did you see it coming? Most people answer NO.

Living in an uncertain time one should have some possible mental strategies in place for such disasters.  If this happens, try to remember the only thing you can influence is “how you leave.”

Leave with courage.  Enough said.

Next week, what this looks like from the other side of the desk.

For a comprehensive review of why and how it affects you and what to do, check out Units 4.10 (So, You Just Lost Your Job! Now What?), 4.11 and 4.12 in Beyond Luck.

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