Termination May Sometimes Be a Disguised Blessing


“Do you remember me?” Mary asked her former boss in a phone call?

“Of course,” the boss responded.  “How long has it been?  Three years?  What are you doing now?”

“That’s why I called,” Mary said.  “When you told me that I was not a good fit for the job, I was devastated.  But I wanted to let you know that I eventually got a marketing position with another software company.  Last Quarter, I was recognized as the top performer in my region.”

After graduating from college, Mary eagerly joined a company as a software designer.  Mary’s manager remembered her as a very nice person; but after a year, it was apparent she was not going to be very successful as a designer.

“I was twenty-six years old,” Mary remembered, “and I had just been fired from my first real job.  After several days of mind-numbing depression, I got a temporary position in another software firm as an assistant to an account executive.

“Because of her ability to work with customers,” her new boss said, “We quickly promoted Mary to a marketing position.  She has succeeded beyond our expectations.”

When the job does not fit an employee’s talents, termination may be a disguised blessing.

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