I have been in the recruiting software and HR technology industry for about 14 years and have seen some of the best and worst in most any company and any company's personnel. I myself have been in a few very bad situations with my job on the line and have handled things both very well and very badly, which is what this article is about. I guess it was about 8 years ago now that I almost ended my career with what we will call blame-a-nitus. I was a senior manager within a top Recruiting Software vendor and I had grown very resentful because several of the team that had begun with the company around the same time I had, were being promoted and I was not. In my frustration, I was very vocal and an all around angry person to be around. After all, I was putting in more hours than anyone else, I was on call 24/7, and I was the go to guy for almost anything when it came to getting the job done and turned around on a dime. I thrived on the challenge and knew the company could not afford to lose me. Here in lies the problem and illusion that I think many top people in companies live under. I thought I was irreplaceable and that the angrier I got and the harder I pushed; the company would eventually give in. Boy was I wrong.
In comes Poker time – the big bet.
I guess for about a year, I had become increasingly bitter and it all came to a line in the sand one day when I did not get up in the middle of the night and handle a support call. I had actually thought it was handled and had gone back to bed but none the less the next morning came and there were still problems. I was called into the CTO's office and was asked why I did not help out, I explained I had thought it was handled and then the CTO hit just the right button. I like many of you was and am prideful and put a lot of sweat equity into my work. The CTO told me that the team thought I had let them down and abandoned them when they needed me. Upon hearing that, I walked out of the room, walked for a while, walked back in and told him I did not want the role anymore and that I wanted to take a different role on the sales team the VP of Sales had offered. I told him the money was not worth the stress and the role was not going anywhere. I basically put him to a decision and backed him into a corner. He had two choices in my eyes, make me happy or I am out of here.
Here Comes the Moral of This Story
I did not get any response from him immediately and it was not until about …