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5 steps to avoid career disasters

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in Employment Law,Firing,Human Resources

Bernie Marcus came out swinging when a home-improvement company fired him as CEO. He launched Home Depot, a company with annual sales for FY06 of $90.8 billion and 355,000 employees.

If a disaster ever broadsides your career, apply these five strategies:
  1. Fight, not flight. Face the situation and fight the battles that restore your reputation, not those that mire you in retaliation.

  2. Recruit allies. Help colleagues who suffered collateral damage in your catastrophe.

  3. Rebuild your heroic stature. Explain the context that led to your problems and accept the responsibility.

  4. Prove you’re still a hero. Stand on your professional feet, and show that the problem did not destroy you.

  5. Discover a new heroic mission. Find a new vision and a new mission. It’s the best way to transcend disasters.
—Adapted from Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound after Career Disasters, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward, Harvard Business School Press.

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