I received a call a few months ago from a friend who had just been let go after 6 years with his employer. Half of his department was cut, and despite having one of the highest outputs, he found himself in the “bottom half.” He admitted that he had not been at his best there for years.
The preceding months were tough for him, with uncertainty and plenty of rejection.
The good news: When visiting Toronto last week, we hooked up for a coffee, right after he had just finished his first week of work at his new job in a new field! His energy was contagious.
He is not working in his old field now, but says that he has never been happier or felt more alive. “It was tough, but in hindsight, I only wish it had happened 5 years earlier. I was miserable there and could have wasted my whole life doing time, counting down the minutes until 5pm!” he said.
I have been guilty over the years of allowing people to “disengage and stay,” so long as they delivered quality work. I questioned myself as to whether I do this for them (losing your job can be devastating) or for me (too lazy to replace them)?
The truth is, every time I have failed to transition someone out, I have robbed them of their time and my company of our energy.
Life is too short to spend our prime time being anything less than ALL IN.
PS: Sean will be speaking at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York on Monday, March 5th.
He is also speaking at the Nightclub & Bar Convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 13th.
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