My parents determined that it was time for me to work on my work-ethic. I didn't have much skill and I didn't know what I was interested in, so at 15 years old I went with the only thing I knew. Cutting grass. I heard about a crew that was hiring so I applied and was hired on the spot. Talk about excited! I left that office ready to make my mark on the world and get some much-needed cash in my pocket. Over time, I've come to learn that everyone enters a new job with major enthusiasm, sky-high ambition, and a hope that they'll move closer to achieving their dreams.
Those first few weeks, I was on cloud nine! I was making a contribution to the team, I liked the guys I was working with, and I was out in the world making a difference for the people we served! Then, things began to change. I started noticing my supervisor was super demanding. He was intolerant of little mistakes, harsh in correcting others, failed to listen to new ideas, and modeled a genuine disregard for anyone who held a position lower than his. To say he devalued others would be an understatement!
I made it through that summer, but the next summer when I was called to see about working again, I politely declined. You see, I learned a valuable lesson the year before. It wasn't that the company was bad. My leader was a bad leader and I quit him. I quit him because of his inability to value others. You see, people quit people, not jobs. It wasn't that I didn't want to cut grass that next summer (I still spent that summer cutting grass, just not with him). I didn't want to be cutting grass with him. I want to see you avoid the same mistake he made.
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W. Shane McKenzie is an Executive Coach and Mentor who specializes in helping successful leaders leave their job to own a business using proven strategies to minimize risk.