First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting for the past few months. Life gets away and we’re already into 2Q2012. This is reality and the struggle I know we all have when we want to accomplish so many things but just don’t seem to have the time. Well, I’m back and focused to deliver on my 2012 commitment to you – to continue our journey.
Now – on to business I have been fortunate to have had managers throughout my career that have allowed me to grow, learn and develop in and outside of my area of expertise. However, for many this is not the case or hasn’t been the case consistently.
When is it okay to fire your boss?
It is imperative that as women, we stand up for nothing less than being compensated and treated fairly in our job roles, ironically, many times some of the biggest culprits of fair treatment are other women. When you are in a position and you don’t have the opportunity to develop, through attending external learning events, internal training, working on cross functional teams or engaging in stretch assignments, it’s time to speak up. Even if your boss is a woman! If you don’t plan on moving up the career ladder, that’s not an excuse, we all still have opportunities to grow and learn. Take your manager aside and have an open dialogue about your lack of development in your current position. If you are given excuses about the “budget” or other constraints – find free training courses or suggest participating on a cross functional team to develop key competencies. Make an effort! If you still receive push back after several attempts, it maybe time to fire your boss.
It’s important as women in the workforce that we realize we have the power to make our own decisions. Leaving a job many times opens us to new and exciting possibilities that we can’t even dream about sitting at our desks, staring at the stupid excel document the manager wants by close of business. When we are not receiving value through development, growth and relationships, we hold the power – You’re Fired! .
It’s the same for “other annoying people in your life” – sometimes we need to fire acquaintances, friends and even family! If you are participating in a relationship that does not offer mutual respect, kindness, generosity, and love – it may be time to unleash your fire power!
Enjoy your new freedom and know when it’s time to fire your boss and other annoying people in your life!