For years we were taught — and most of us believed — that working hard and hitting your goals at work would practically guarantee career success.
Now we know better.
Now we know that the most important thing in any organization is not the company’s strategy, its products and services or its stock price.
These are all outcomes. The most important thing in any organization is the quality of the energy flowing from top to bottom and across and throughout the place.
The most important thing in any organization is the culture.
Every company, government agency and not-for-profit is an organism, and they all function the way any organism does. When the organism is healthy, good things happen.
When the organism is unhealthy, nothing good happens. Movement is slow and sluggish. You can tell when a company culture goes bad — because culture is the loudest thing happening in any workplace.
The health of the organism you work for is incredibly important to you, no matter what your job description is.
Many a smart and talented working person has learned this lesson the hard way. They met their goals, pleased their customers and gave every ounce of their talent and commitment to the job — but they still ran into trouble.
Maybe they upset someone higher up the food chain by being too good at their job, or speaking more truth than the senior leadership team was ready to hear.
They didn’t make any mistakes except one: they missed the signs that their organization/organism was unhealthy enough to cast them out simply for calling attention to the bad energy swirling around.
You might not even have to name the toxic energy swirling around you to upset the powers that be.
You might keep quiet about it and still make people angry, because people in fear are good at reading energy. They are vigilant. They are so afraid that they can easily see you as their enemy, even when you sincerely want to help.
Here are ten reasons capable and talented people get fired:
Ten Reasons Good Employees Get Fired
1. You can get fired if your excellent results on the job cause embarrassment to higher-level managers. They may think that you must be cutting corners to hit your goals so easily. They would rather get rid of you than ask “How did you do it? We’d like you to teach everyone else to do what you’re doing.”
2. You can get fired for asking questions no one wants to answer or even think about — questions like “Are we sure this is still the best way to handle this process?” or “What is the long-term plan?”
3. You can get fired for setting normal boundaries like “I will finish that project on Monday rather than take it home over the weekend” or “I’m sorry, I can’t tell the Executive Team that everything is fine with the production schedule, because it’s not.”
4. You can get fired for naming the elephant in the room — the topic that desperately needs airtime but isn’t getting it.
5. You can get fired for having a better idea than your boss’s idea.
6. You can get fired for getting too much positive attention from top leaders in your organization. Some fearful managers are like amoebae. They operate like single-celled creatures. They don’t make fine distinctions; they see everyone in their sphere as either predator or prey. If you look like a predator to them, they will get rid of you in a heartbeat. You might look like a predator to your fearful boss if higher-up managers are paying too much attention to you!
7. You can get fired for doing such a good job that other departments get angry. Other managers may tell your supervisor “Your employee is showing off, and making us look bad!” Subscribe To The Forbes Careers Newsletter Sign up here to get top career advice delivered straight to your inbox every week.
8. You can get fired for having too much visibility outside your company — being asked to speak at events, getting awards or having an article published. If you work in an unhealthy organism, they will not appreciate your public affirmation!
9. You can get fired for moving too fast and having too many ideas for your managers’ taste. A fearful amoeba manager can easily feel threatened — and might toss you out rather than suffer the indignity of having to listen to a subordinate.
10. You can get fired for accomplishing so much at work that your boss wonders “Will this employee come after my job next?” There is nothing dishonorable about getting fired. It happens to outstanding employees all the time. If it happens to you, remember that not every manager — or every employer — deserves your talents.
Only the people who get you, deserve you!