Life As The Get'er Done Guy
I was mentored and promoted and followed a former boss as he climbed the ladder carrying me with him as he became a Senior VP at a Fortune 50 Company. I got all of the tough jobs and the really controversial ones and was instrumental in his rise. He was a nice guy but one who could never deliver the bad news -- that was my job. I received the nick name "Ming the Merciless" because he couldn't fire people or tell plant manager's they needed to get a grip or get out -- that was my job. He was popular but I quickly became his hatchet man feared by all. I fired, layed off, and terminated more than my share of employees and senior managers. As a reward I was promised the Plant Manager's position at our new West Coast Plant. However, that position went to someone who had less experience but was "easier to get along with". I was complimented and patted on the head and even given a wonderful new job but a dead end one. I saw the writing on the wall and looked for a new job.
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