I was fired as program director of a major market radio station once for succeeding too much.
The station was number one in teens and young adults but the station said they couldn’t sell that to advertisers so they axed me and brought in someone to attract an older audience.
It didn’t work.
The station went on to lose listeners and eventually did so poorly the owners sold the radio station.
Peter Laviolette is a Stanley Cup winning coach hired by The Philadelphia Flyers a few years ago to help them do the same thing. In his first year, Lavy took The Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals. Over the ensuing years, he did well enough to earn a raise and contract extension.
But something awful happened.
After losing the first three games of that new contract season, the team’s impatient 80-year old owner allowed this winning coach to be fired. Laviolette sat out the rest of the year and eventually signed with The Nashville Predators, which at the All-Star break this year had the best record in the NHL.
Lousy coach? Good coach?
These are just two of the many stories that we hear too often – perhaps you have one of them as well.
Getting fired when you’re doing the job – even doing a great job or earning a promotion.
In our venture capital/results now world, more and more people are becoming victims of bean counters who don’t even know what the people they are firing do so well.
They may get to tell you whether you have a job or not, but they don’t get to say that you have failed when you actually succeeded.
In fact, study any successful person in almost any type of career and you will see that along the way some damn fool doubted their ability to get the job done.
Don’t you do that.
I’m doing just fine.
Peter Laviolette has a shot at another Stanley Cup ring – a year ago when someone else decided he wasn’t the coach they wanted, he didn’t believe it.
And you will live another day to do what you do best.
Hire yourself every morning – and remind yourself why.
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