Shocking Advice from my BOSS

March 3, 2023

As a former corporate executive, I've had my fair share of challenging conversations with higher-ups. But the one that stands out the most to me was when my boss told me we needed to let people go, but it needed to be done confidentially to avoid impacting morale. I knew in my gut that this was not the right approach.

When I suggested that we should be transparent about the business situation and announce the redundancy plans to our employees, my boss shot it down, claiming it would cause a panic. He even went as far as to tell me that showing vulnerability and empathy was a sign of weakness, and that we needed to demonstrate strength and control.

As I listened to his words, I couldn't help but feel frustrated and disappointed. I knew that being empathetic and vulnerable was not a weakness, but a strength. It was the very least that our employees deserved during such a challenging time.

Despite my boss's instructions, I decided to stand up for my values and do what I believed was right. I made the difficult decision to submit my own redundancy application - the first one my boss received.

He tried to convince me to stay, but I knew that I couldn't compromise my principles just to move up the corporate ladder. Instead, I took a leap of faith and started my own business, where I could be my own boss and prioritize my family and personal life while still pursuing my passion for helping others.

Looking back, I'm grateful for that challenging conversation with my former boss. It reminded me that sometimes, the most difficult decisions are the right ones. And when it comes to our values, it's important to stand up for what we believe in and not compromise just to fit in with the corporate crowd.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, where you can't move up the ladder while keeping a firm grip on your values, it may be time to consider climbing a different ladder altogether.

Because in the end, a well-balanced life filled with happiness and fulfilment is worth far more than any corporate title or position.