You'll Never Succeed in this Business

"BusinessYou'll never succeed in this business." That's what my boss told me in 1988.  He didn't just say it, he memorialized his opinion in a two page letter-just to drive his point home!  He identified everyone of my known  shortcomings and added a few I'd been unaware of.

I took that letter home, threw it on the floor of my closet where it remained until years later-around the time Dise & Company was named to the Weatherhead 100 for the first time.  I wish I'd kept it. What fun it'd be to have it on display in the Dise & Company lobby.  

Every day our outplacement/career transition practice gives us the opportunity to meet professional men and women who've received similar messages from a boss. It's hard to come back from such severe criticism, especially if you get fired or laid off in the process.  But come back is what they do-and usually much better than what they left behind.


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From time to time I ask myself, "Did you succeed because of that letter or in spite of it?"  What do you think?

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Ralph Dise

Ralph Dise is founder and president of Dise & Company. Ralph has a life-long interest in developing leaders and helping enterprises succeed. He learned his earliest leadership lessons as a teenager attending a summer military program.

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