get out

January 27th, 2013

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Escape ladderi’m writing up a new course for Predictable Revenue, called “Energize Your People.”

yet sometimes, if you’re an employee, one of the people a CEO wants to energize…you can’t be and your only option is to GET OUT.

do you work at a company close to a toxic CEO, disrespectful executives or an unpleasant manager?   is anyone you report to regularly emotionally irrational, causing you endless anxiety because you don’t know when they’ll explode at you, or what their mood will be day-to-day?

maybe they make arbitrary demands, swear at you, publicly berate you, take you for granted, change the rules on a whim to suit their desires, or never respect your family or private life and time.

it’s in our nature to hope things will change…yet in the case of emotionally unstable people, nothing worth waiting for will change them.

hopefully at some point a personal or business cataclysm (or better, a series of them) happens to them and “forces” them to wake up and see the reality of how they treat other people, and they choose to become more understanding, respectful and thoughtful.

but even if that were to happen, it’s a process that takes YEARS to go through and “settle out into”…do you really want to be around while they go through it, and wait hoping the change actually sticks…or may not?

just get out.  figure out how to get out from your manager, or get out to another company, one at which people like yourself are respected.

no matter what your role is, what you’re learning, the prestige, money or benefits – none of it is worth working for energy vampires.

the only thing you can do is escape and find good people to work with.

the people you work with make a far, far bigger difference to your enjoyment and personal growth than the type of actual work you do.

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GregSpeaking1The Unique Genius Superheroes Interview Series is about ordinary people who have created businesses they love around their purpose.

Everyone has a purpose (or “calling”), and there are always ways to turn your purpose, any purpose, into a business you love. It’s easier to live your purpose daily when it’s a part of your work.

Greg Gardner is a musician, composer, father/husband, and works at the Sales Performance Office at IBM as a Sr. Sales Performance Coach.  He loves helping salespeople perform better thus leading a better life.  He also believes in helping IBM create a Smarter Planet.  Whether it be music, sales, martial arts, technology, parenting… he is a lifelong student of how people and organizations perform.

Here’s some of what we covered in the interview:

  • What Greg did when he was “losing altitude” in enterprise sales
  • How Greg turned quitting during the recession into the best thing he ever did
  • Greg shares about his ideas on ‘selling authentic”
  • How Greg chose between getting a job or starting a business of his own
  • How drawing a picture changed Greg’s life
  • Why he pinches himself every morning when he wakes up to make sure it’s not a dream
  • How Greg has been able to choose where and when he wants to travel
  • Greg shares his mindset of “how you’re ultimately working for yourself” has helped
  • Greg realized that being authentic doesn’t always mean you ‘have to’ own a business
  • How alignment with the people you work with is key to personal and professional growth
  • The three options everyone has in every situation: accept it, change it or get out
  • What it takes to trust your instincts
  • Why getting help from others is so important
  • Why authenticity leads to attracting the kind of people you want to work with
  • Why this picture was important:


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