In the world of baseball recently, the manager of the Washington Nationals suddenly resigned. The Nationals had just beaten the Seattle Mariners when Jim Riggleman quit.
Riggleman had been unhappy with his salary and his short-term contract, so he’d told the general manager that he wanted a better deal by the end of the game—or he would quit.
Everyone who has ever dreamed of telling their employer where to put it probably admires Riggleman at some level. You have to wonder, though, if Riggleman woke up the next day thinking, “Man, what have I done?”
There’s nothing wrong with what he wanted. How he went about trying to get it is another story. Who wants to hire someone who walked out on his team in the middle of the season?
Are you considering quitting your job? The case of Jim Riggleman offers at least three things to consider:
1. Think long term. It’s easy to get so caught up in what you want in the short term that you lose sight of long-term considerations like, “What will this do to my reputation, my future employment prospects and how I think of myself down the road?”
2. Ultimatums rarely work. You better have a lot of leverage on your side. Before you go in with guns blazing, step back and ask yourself if you’re really indispensable. Chances are you’re not. That’s why Charles de Gaulle said, “The cemeteries are full of indispensable men.”
3. Why quit a winning team? The Nationals hired him to coach the team through the full season, so why would Riggleman or anyone else quit on a team that’s improving and winning? Even if you’re not happy with your deal, you can position yourself for better opportunities down the road by nurturing a winning team.
— Adapted from “Consider 3 things before you quit your job in a huff,” Scott Eblin, the Next Level blog, Business Daily.