Burning Down Libraries

A co-worker of mine calls it "burning down libraries" when highly knowledgeable and experienced workers are terminated.

The fires are burning at my company as we are being taken over by another company . . . and the terminations are underway.

Wednesday was Day One, a hard day for many. Seeing the firing of co-workers ---trusted colleagues, admired experts, and, in some cases, old friends--- is shocking, confusing, stressful, and depressing.

Hopefully, those who were terminated will use the outplacement service to develop plans, move ahead, identify opportunities, and land on their feet.

But what about those who are left to pick up the pieces and carry on? As a veteran of many organizational upheavals, I can say with confidence that there is Life after terminations. While it's hard to see the positive side, given the many emotions that swamp you at a time like this, it's there.

The main thing, as always, is Attitude.


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