A good friend and former colleague was laid off yesterday from a senior, executive-level position that she has filled with skill, professionalism and grace for sixteen years.
She knew it was coming and handled the situation with admirable aplomb, but I am furious. This was not a reduction in staff, this was a political situation where new and inexperienced management needed a scapegoat.
I am livid.
And I'm thinking about integrity, and where and how to maintain it. I mentioned last week that I bent over backwards to maintain my integrity regarding hiring a former staff member away from our common former employer -- the result of which is that my friend is being asked to sign a release stating that she will not solicit any current employees to come work for her at a new job.
I can't rant much further without being inappropriate (see? integrity!!), so I'mma shut up now.
But tell you what, nobody better fuck with me today.