If you have ever worked a job for wages, you have been jammed.
Trying to keep this email clean and that’s the nicest word I can use. But you know what I mean.
In my case, I had led a successful program for a year – shortstaffed and overworked and we delivered results better than anyone expected.
So when it came time to fill the “official” lead role, I thought it was in the bag.
As a friend of mine once cackled, “you thought wrong!”
They picked someone from outside the organization, with no experience.
But he checked a “box.” In this case, “disabled.”
Guy’s got 2 arms and 2 legs and don’t look disabled to me. But that’s another topic.
Then it turns out, the guy can’t figure his way out of an empty box – and has a personality disorder to boot!
Did they fire him and give me the job?
No. The boss of bosses called me into his office and asked me to “keep an eye on him.”
Translated, that means keep doing the job you’ve been doing all along, AND make sure he doesn’t mess up in such a way it makes a mess.
It also meant, “take one for the team.”
So I did, because the pay is good and I have my business on the side that I’ve been building steadily.
But this kind of thing doesn’t last forever and the exit sign is blinking.
I am certain you have your own story, probably a handful.
After all the word “job” is Aramaic for “you’re screwed!”
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