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#938: Getting fired began with Adam and Eve, but still hurts


FiredI have joined a select club. Those fired by email. Even though it was only from a local radio station who, after 10 years, no longer wanted my twice-weekly radio pieces, it hurt.

People have been let go ever since Adam and Eve were kicked out of that garden, so why the hurt? Because they said goodbye before I did. It’s like that girl who broke my heart because she broke up with me before I could break up with her. Goodbye only hurts when we are not ready to go.

Breaking up happens for three reasons. She no longer needed me, I upset her, or a better hunk rode into town.

Unlike that girl, managers won’t tell you that they have found someone better. It’s too uncomfortable. And why should they? Job restructuring and performance reviews get you gone with less embarrassment, and look better in an email.

Every week, and often every day, the Chief Nonsense Officer expresses his opinion on a regional public radio (NPR) station somewhere. The above podcast is the radio version.
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#563: Fired for producing little bright sparks

I love being a man in America. It’s pretty cool being a person in America, but it is so much better being a man.

Consider this modern-day example. If you are a woman and pregnant, you may not be discriminated against, but you may get fired. Hey, it’s perfectly legal. You see, pregnancy is not a disability! You may not be fired for having a disability, but you may be fired for having a baby.

Here’s the amusing bit. The same bright sparks who make this law legal are the same bright sparks who tell us that this country’s future depends on women producing little bright sparks.

There is something really funny in penalizing someone for producing what so obviously is the future of this country. Funny peculiar, not funny ha-ha. Very peculiar how these men stay in power now that women have the vote.

Here’s hoping that your boss knows the law is an ass.

You can also listen here to the radio version of Fired for producing little bright sparks (10 most recent radio files)

© 2011 James Henry McIntosh –

#528: Mum about brave business leaders

Why do so many people get fired via email or telephone? The CEO of Yahoo is only the latest visible victim of this unbelievable lack of basic manners and respect for human dignity.

Blame it all on Mum. No, not on your mother. Not even on mine. Blame it on what social psychologists call the MUM effect.

Research has shown that people just don’t like being the bearers of bad news. We tend to either keep quiet about bad news or distort it to make it more palatable. Why? Because we know that negative information triggers negative feelings. And the selfish consideration? The risk that we will be liked less if we pass it on.

Frankly, I think we should be brave enough to admit that the MUM effect at the top is based on old-fashioned cowardice. And that we have a shortage of brave business leaders. There, I’ve said it. I could keep mum no longer.

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Listen to the radio version of Mum about brave business leaders (10 most recent radio files)

© 2011 James Henry McIntosh –

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