That guy being me, of course.
For the first time in my life I got fired from a job I actually wanted. I've been fired many times, but it's always been a case where I just kinda quit the job, but kept showing up every day until they made me go home and refused to send me any more paychecks. But this job I actually liked. I loved being in the wine industry. It had a star quality to it, it was great work and I love wine.
I was fired for basically being an asshole. Also for the first time, I was praised for job performance and fired in the same phone call. I was told that while my work ethic and professional dealings with my clients was spot on, that my sales numbers were very good and that my clients all spoke well of me, that I had to many "cultural and personal differences with the corporate atmosphere of Country Vintner".
Now, not a big deal, I'm fine. I've plenty of other work to do to keep the lights on for the time being, and the first thing I did this morning after hanging up the phone was reinstate my Real Estate License. So I'm good, but still It stings a bit to loose a job I actually liked and wanted to continue to do. This has never really happened to me before, getting fired from a job I wanted to have.
A. Walk into the post office with a rifle.
B. Drive to Virginia, break into my old bosses office and take a dump in the A/C vent in his office.
C. Look for yet a FOURTH company to go sell wine for in less than 6 months (The first one went out of business the 8th week I was employed there, I quite the second one after only three weeks to take the job I just got fired from and I got fired from this one after two months.)
D. Admit that maybe as much as I love it, the wine business is not for me and go sell Real Estate.
E. Become an Obama supporter, blame everyone else for my crap and live off the Government.
F. Become a prostidude.
Some combination of C, D, and E.
Sorry to hear - it burns when its a job and company you like. Even if it ends up being fine in the end, it still stings.
I strongly recommend that you don't do either A, B, E or F, or any combination thereof.
Hang in there, Michael. You've always seemed resourceful.
I'm sorry, Michael.
I lean towards C, except - How do I say this nicely? - I'm not sure you're cut out to be a corporate employee. Maybe in an industry that appreciates your personality and distinct culture. For better or worse, those industries are declining in numbers, and they tend not to have a star quality.
But you liked the work and were good at it. You have savings and can take some employment-related risks. Does Sebastiani employ anyone in NC? He's a family-oriented Republican. I don't think he hunts, though. I'm pretty sure O'Reilly doesn't employ anyone outside the NW.
Why the hell not?
"cultural and personal differences with the corporate atmosphere of Country Vintner". I wonder what the fuck that is supposed to mean? Doe it mean that you're not one if the "cool" kids?
As for your options, I think C would be the first priority, and then D if that doesn't work out. And you could always do B anyway just for your own personal satisfaction.
And I would definitely give F a shot before resorting to E.
G. Learn to get along. As very nearly a top priority.
So let me get this straight, Michael---by their own admission, 1. Your work ethic was fine, 2. your professional bearing was up to standards, 3. your sales numbers were good, AND 4. your customers actually were giving positive feedback about you---but they FIRED you because you supposedly had too many "cultural" and "personal" differences with the "corporate atmosphere" (??????????????) Michael, assuming you're telling us the whole story here (and I believe you are), you don't WANT to work for a company like this. They fired you because they didn't like your viewpoints on something OR they fired you for expressing your opinions, and any company that would fire you for that is not worthy of your services and doesn't deserve to make money off your work.
If you tend to be caustic or overly opinionated about sensitive issues, you may want to tone down your rhetoric a bit for the sake of getting along, but still, what kind of a company fires a good worker who is making them money over "cultural and personal differences" with their so-called "corporate culture"? What do they want, cookie-cutter sycophants who are just like them and who nod in sync when people express the "right" views? Otherwise, look out for Big Brother--they might just fire you for being "different"? I know you're disappointed, but it sounds to me like they just did you a favor, Michael--if you stayed there too long, you might have become more like them--and that sounds like a really bad outcome.
The only part of my professionalism that was lacking was, I've a tendency to poo-poo off communications from on high. When I'd get an Email or phone call from the company fearless leadership, I'd let it go to voicemail and then call them back when I had absolutely nothing else to do, and I read my "in house" Emails (as opposed to Emails from clients which I would take care of as they came in) at the end of the day, if not first thing the next morning. I know that this perturbed one particular member of the bridge crew to no end. This person was one of those personalities that needed to feel relevant and important by and felt challenged or disrespected by a lack of everyone standing at attention when they entered the room. Which of course made me want to be even more dismissive of them.
In other words, you decided that any communication from the 'big bugs' wasn't worth the your attention. Not exactly a route to longevity in a lot of places. I takes a bit of balancing to find the appropriate niche between either ignoring/deleting all the commo from on high, or being the guy who just has to respond to virtually every internal email that crosses his desk.
Oh, one more thought. If "the member of the bridge crew" you allude to was one of the folks who signed your paycheck, and you truly enjoyed the job, maybe a little show of deference regarding the emails would have been in order.
No offense, but you need to work "with" people and get along and win people over. That is business. DOn't be naive.
In fact I'd say that this aspect of the job is MORE important.
The best I can tell, the middle management team did not appreciate the way that I interacted with them in a relatively casual manner, to answer the question as to what that statement about corporate atmosphere and cultural and personality conflicts means.
I had assumed I was either being called a dickhead, or being told I was a bit too much of a country bumpkin for their tastes.