Your boss’s opinion is not your destiny…

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Hey, we’ve all had great bosses and…some…not so great bosses.

When you get to be a boss, it doesn’t mean you automatically know talent when you see it.

Here’s why I say that…

Twenty-seven years ago, my second boss told me my review was coming up. I responded, “Great, I could use a raise.” He responded, “You won’t be getting one.”

I soon learned he planned on canning me.

A couple years later, I found he had nothing against me personally. I say that, because he fired my successor and he tried to fire my predecessor. (This is a true story.)

Thank God, his bosses saw my talent. When my boss wanted to fire me, his bosses informed him, I was needed elsewhere. I moved to another department and was soon promoted. Who would have guessed?

Two years later, my fourth boss told me,

You shouldn’t be in the business world.

She even used the company’s money to send me to a consultant to see what he thought. He didn’t agree.

Once, when I took a different route back to my desk,

I heard her tell the Director, ‘All of the problems in our department were my fault.’

She even said, I made errors.

She also made a practice of telling me, ‘You could be fired at any time’.

You can imagine how pleasant it was to work for her.

Once, when I was compiling a report and reviewing her work, I discovered errors she had made.

After informing her of her errors, she never mentioned firing me again.

In fact, she moved on to another department.

Here are a few other facts about my work experience there.

Starting Salary – 1989: $35,000

Ending Salary – 2012: $105,000

Three Promotions

Many Awards

I don’t share these stories to brag.

I share these stories because if your boss is telling you you’re no good, please don’t believe it.

The facts above speak volumes about how wrong those bosses were.

The stories don’t end there…

Four times, my job was eliminated…

Here’s the good news.

Three out of four times, a growing department in the same firm hired me.

In other words, I didn’t view my job eliminations in ’95, ’02, ’10 and ’12, which happened long after my second and fourth bosses, as a statement on my value as an employee. If anything, each event either occurred because of the economy or the disruption occurring in my employer’s industry.

      Have You Ever Considered How Some People Become Boss’s?

Don’t get me wrong, I have had many excellent bosses; many of whom I am eternally grateful for.

Regarding, my earlier bosses, I believe my second boss landed his job because of his technical abilities. He was quite knowledgeable, when it came to technology.

I believe my fourth boss was hired because my third boss wanted to hand over all of the tasks she did not want to do, to someone else.


A personal note – I work for a wonderful boss. I’m not just saying that because she’s my boss. I actually recommended that she apply for the role when it became open. When she was promoted to Director, I applied for her job.

Well, I didn’t get the job, but there’s always next time.


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