It was all ‘warm and fuzzy’ and ‘it’s not your fault’ you’ve been fired article – I didn’t care much for the message so I didn’t save it to pass it along.
My thoughts about the topic is … it’s real, it’s common and it happens. This event, often labelled as downsizing or strategic re-alignment or something else is very traumatic for the people leaving and for the people doing the firing.
Listen, if someone does get fired (and many do this time of the year) they often deserve it.
The article I would have preferred to have read would be ‘how not to get fired’. Here are 9 – key subject areas in the article.
- Deliver more meaningful results today than you did yesterday.
- Do more than what’s expected of you.
- Help someone be successful.
- Solve problems – don’t be the problem.
- Build and strengthen internal / external relationships.
- Don’t just listen – act on something.
- Find ways to make things (do things) better.
- Lead – don’t follow.
- Have fun doing what you’re doing.
Having a more proactive approach to job performance and employee engagement is a much more helpful message to send then, ‘poor you – it’s not your fault’.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for lending a shoulder to cry on … but the reality is it will always be your fault.
My leadership tip for you this week is to evaluate how you’re doing with these 9 – ‘how not to get fired’ tips. Then evaluate how your organization is doing in the eyes of your customers with these same tips, as they can fire you as well.
There are no entitlement stops along the road to success. You must keep working on your skills and improving in your performance and you’ll be fine.