Monday, November 15, 2010

And with that, Go (insert your word here) yourself …

“The only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round” - Unknown

Wow. Felt good didn’t it. You are staring right into the eyes of your boss, fed up to no end, and you let it rip. That rush you felt – well – it won’t last.

When you get this temptation to square off with your boss, take a deep breath and don’t burn a bridge.

It is tempting I know, especially when you hit the wall and reach a point of no return, in your mind. But wisdom should prevail in this situation. With the advent and use of social media tools, your rant and outburst could be all over your digital space in a heartbeat, and that can be a career killer. Be assured that potential employers (and likely your own employer) monitor their digital presence and monitor what others are saying about them. So, always be cautious.

But back to the situation – you have reached your end point, you know you have to go and you feel like your head is going to pop off:

Repeat after me: I will take a deep breath. I will remain in control. I will be professional. I will get even.
And again: I will take a deep breath. I will remain in control. I will be professional. I will get even.

Walk away. Cool down. Collect your thoughts, and put your plan of exit into high-gear. Savor the thought of resigning. Savor the thought of not having to interact with your boss (a.k.a the jerk or whatever name you have coined). Walk out with your head held high and in full control. Dream of giving your notice (the ultimate in getting even). Envision the door closing behind you – forever.

Burning a bridge – while we have all had the thought of doing so – will not help you advance your career. It is not a legacy you want for sure. Yea would be a show – but on to the next act.

And thank you for reading this. – Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
Cell: 518-641-8968
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