You’re not as valuable to your employer as you think you are. I know that’s hard to hear but it’s true.
When you leave, you will be replaced. If you die, you will be replaced. The firm will go on.
If you still don’t believe me, talk to some of the people who were laid off in the last recession and find out how many of them thought like you did.
They were lied to by their boss or manager from the day that they were hired for their “permanent position” today that they were fired because they were “redundant,” part of a RIF (reduction in force), “excessed” or, otherwise, “terminated.”
If you give away responsibility for your career to your employer, your manager, to others you are giving away your power and, eventually, they will betray you as they have so many others.
Promises will be made. Promises will be betrayed.
I don’t mean to do it (usually) but they are so many levels down from the real decision-makers and have no authority to make those promises, let alone keep the commitments that they make.
We want to feel valued and valuable in their words comfort us but have no meaning.
It is just a seduction to convince you that you’re more important than you are to them.
It may feel sad to read this but my commitment is always to be truthful. No BS.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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