The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

March 28, 2019
Conflict Management
Read time: 2 mins

Involuntarily means against one's will, or without one's cooperation. “It was so cold on the soccer sidelines, I involuntarily shivered the entire game.”

That’s understandable. But what about involuntarily leaving a job? Would it surprise you that a fair number of executives that leave their jobs may not always do so voluntarily? Of course, the causes will vary, but here are 10 reasons that could trigger someone to be shown the door.

  1. The “I’m irreplaceable” attitude rears its ugly head. But guess what? Everyone is replaceable.
  2. Mergers and acquisitions. Adios to a big part of a company’s C-suite.
  3. They pull a Matt Lauer. Keep your hands to yourself, people.
  4. A new CEO brings in her old team from different companies. However, many have no idea what they’re doing in the new industry and things go south fast.
  5. Then there’s the new CEO who cleans house. The managers who competed with or annoyed him before the big title don’t stand a chance.
    Let Go
  6. Say goodbye to those who’ve quarreled ‘publicly’ with the new boss. Even if only in a work meeting.
  7. That home in the Bahamas. It probably shouldn’t have been run through the company.
  8. The scapegoat. The CEO needs to fire some poor sap to explain to the Board of Directors why something went ridiculously wrong.
  9. And sometimes, it’s like you’re back in high school. A juicy rumor, (which very well may be true) about the boss circulates and an example is made of who he thinks started it.
  10. Too many liquid lunches. Enough said.