I just got word of this article from Details Magazine which offers advice for "How to break up with your boss."
Up until about a year ago, Michael Rogers had lunch or cocktails a couple of times a week with the CEO of the New York public-relations firm where he worked. They’d split a plate of french fries or a carafe of sake and his boss would give him advice about how to be a better manager. Rogers, 30, had started at the firm as an account supervisor a couple of years earlier and had since been promoted to senior vice president.
“He was great about helping and guiding me,” Rogers says of the CEO. “He kind of groomed me to take over.”
Soon, though, Rogers had the itch to abandon his role as protégé and seek new challenges. Unsure of how to break up with the man who’d recently toasted him after they signed a new client together, Rogers went with a white lie. He told his boss he was overworked and stressed out and wanted to head to Los Angeles to regroup. The CEO hugged him and wished him luck.
About a month later, after he announced the opening of his own firm, Rogers got an e-mail from his old boss’s assistant. It was a succinct message reminding him that he’d signed a non-compete clause and the firm would file a lawsuit against him if he poached any of its clients or staff.
“I think he saw that I could succeed without him and that upset him,” Rogers says. “I was now a peer, no longer under his control or guidance.”
This is a really juicy issue for cube-jumpers, since often people worry about how to leave a person or team who has supported and mentored them. It plays into what I described as "stop running your company like the mafia" in my Open letter to CXO’s rant a couple of years ago. When you are in "the family," aka the corporation, all is well. But if you want to leave … cement shoes for you.
Read the whole article here. Interesting stuff.
Any tips for how to break up well, for those that have done it?