You're fired!

I guess it’s true that headlines will get your attention! I am sure that is not something you would wish to experience, however, in this day and age, it happens on a regular basis.

This is the start of the fall TV line-up. There are all kinds of new shows trying to make it, and there remain many popular, existing programs – Survivor, NFL Football, and yes, everyone’s favourite (and longest running show), The Simpsons.

One of the most watched reality shows is Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. I find it hard to believe it’s already in its 5th season. When you hear those famous words from Donald – “You’re fired!”, well, you know you didn’t perform too well!

This past week there were some interesting developments in "Trumpville" – Donald called Carolyn and George into his office and fired them both. Carolyn and George worked closely with Trump on the show, watching the contestants as they worked all hours to perform the myriad of tasks assigned them.

Trump’s explanation; “Carolyn was fired for her lack of focus”. With George; "there was a sense of a need for change. I feel this is a huge risk, as they were seen as key elements to the show. To me, it is like taking 2 of the 3 Stooges out of the picture. You are just left with Larry. For me, it is just a reminder that anyone can be replaced within the world of business."

It must have been a very strange meeting, and I am wondering if he used his famous line. If you find yourself in Carolyn or George’s shoes, here are four ways you can deal with the situation:

1. Take time: you may need to take a couple of weeks to reflect and work through this tough experience. It ranks up near a divorce or family death on the stress scale.

2. Let go of the anger: over 80% of people who are fired get angry about it. It’s a normal response, but you don’t want to take that anger with you into your next job interviews.

3. Get a strong support group: spend your time with positive and supportive friends and family to share this burden with you and encourage you.

4. Take positive action: anchor yourself with what HAS worked in your previous roles, and start your job search thinking about the great things you have to offer.

At the end of the day, most professionals who make it through this experience go on to do well. I wouldn’t wish it on you; however, it could make you a lot stronger in the end.

This week’s 10 Minute WORKout:

Which one of the four elements would you struggle with most in a lay-off situation?

Along the road with you,

Alan Kearns