Last week I was talking to a colleague who had recently been let go from somewhere he'd worked diligently for 5 years.
It's seems the VP had hired a new Director and the Director wasn't fond of my friend so he wanted to let him go. The VP, who has known my friend for a long time, didn't want to overrule his new hire so he let my friend be fired.
Shortly afterwards the new Director when to the Board of Directors and accused the VP of not knowing what he was doing. The Board of Directors, who had wanted to see more progress, believed the new Director and let the VP go.
What goes around, comes around.
Or, as my friend put it, "Karma is a Real Bitch."
My friend, who is very good at what he does, has been hired into a new role at a much higher level than he was at before. The whole situation has actually been very good for him.
While we were talking he said, "You know what the worst part is? The worst part is that I stayed until they fired me. I KNEW they were miserable bastards. I should have quit."
"We get sucked into what we know." I told him. "Until we don't even realize what hell it is."
"I dont understand how people manage like that." he told me. "I try to care about my people and support them." he added. "And when I support them, they work harder and support me."
"It's like this," I agreed. "When you smile at someone who is having a bad day, it picks them up, it energizes them so they have energy to put into their work, energy to give back."
"When you are miserable to someone it bring them down." I went on. "It drains them so that they don't have energy to do the work - or to do anything else - an certainly no energy to give back."
"Exactly." he agreed.
So smile. It's the best gift you can give yourself.