Greg Smith, a former official with Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, has been getting a lot of attention in the business press for how he blasted Goldman in the New York Times.
Have you ever had a major fight when quitting a job, or when getting fired, and verbally blasted your former boss?
My wife always worries about me telling bosses exactly what I think of them when I leave a job. You can read what I’ve told and written to former bosses, and about lessons I’ve learned about such fighting, when you read my soon-to-be-published book, Always Be Job Hunting.
Read how I told one boss he didn’t have the b—- to fire me. Read about a major mistake I made with another boss that still haunts my career to this day, 13 years later.
And speaking of bosses, in my last job I had a major fight with my then publisher, saying I didn’t trust what he had been telling me. He was shocked, saying no one had ever called him a liar.
I just found out he left that job almost exactly a month after I did, which means he must have been looking to leave when I had that conversation with him or shortly after, which in turn means I was right not to trust what he was saying.
Luckily for me, I didn’t and I got out before he did, so I won’t have to clean up the mess he left behind.