Lessons from the Public Demotion of Ann Curry

Pink SlipI think it’s fair to say we can all learn a lot from the very public demotion of Ann Curry yesterday. If you’ve been demoted, fired, laid off or known someone in these circumstances read on…

It’s easier to look at someone like Ann Curry, as opposed to our own situation, subjectively and without too much emotion. The key here is to study the situation and then apply the same logic and principles to our own lives.

Do employers really demote and/or fire good people? Ann Curry is incredibly talented, classy, educated and a dedicated employee to NBC. We can look at this objectively because she is not our neighbor, co-worker or friend. The answer is “yes.” Sometimes employers have to make the painstaking and difficult decision to let go of a good employee in order to make a good business decision. It’s the cold, very hard truth.

Getting fired is emotionally hard to overcome. That said, Ann Curry and anyone who has ever experienced this dramatically life altering notice can rest assured. We like to tell ourselves “I’m not good enough”. That’s just NOT true. It’s easier to see the truth in that by examining other people in the same situation. Surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart and don’t dwell too much on this blip in your career. How you bounce back from something like this tells more about who you are than the situation itself. How will you prove to yourself and others that you are worthy?

Not a good fit. You may still be a ‘good employee’ just not the right for that role. I would go a step further and say in this case Ann Curry is actually ‘too good’ for this role. She has so much more to give to the world and to journalism. The Today Show was a coveted role but likely one that was restrictive to the types of things that she is capable of. Perhaps you can relate to this?

I am personally a big fan of the Today Show Co-Anchor and magnificent journalist and was sad to hear she was leaving. That said, it was not a big surprise to me. She never really fit into that co-anchor role quite right. It’s like she was a puzzle piece that looked like it should work but the piece just didn’t match.

The lessons learned;

1) Even good people get fired, demoted or laid off.
2) The best way to prove to yourself and others that you are worthy is how you overcome the situation.
3) Sometimes it’s just not the right fit.

What do you think? Do good people sometimes get let go? What is the best way to overcome something as disappointing as this?

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