Good Bosses Want What’s Best for Their Employees, Even if That’s a Different Job

The era of companies taking care of employees for life is over. According to tech entrepreneur Maynard Webb, the new norm allows individuals more opportunities to succeed, but requires them to control their own destinies by putting themselves first.

Maynard Webb: I’ve always been an underdog and I’ve never been willing to let anybody tell me I couldn’t do anything that I wanted to do. So I’ve always enjoyed taking on challenges that a lot of other people wanted to run away from and found a way to do them even when I was under qualified for them. I grew up in the paternalistic era of companies. I was with a very great company called IBM and a good piece of that is as long as you perform, you have a job for life, which most people don’t have anymore. And, you know, when you had babies, they would send you a silver spoon with the baby’s name on it and you have great benefits and it’s very safe and it was all about putting the company first and moving wherever they told you to go. Because as long as you did what was right for the company, everything worked. That is long gone because most companies don’t last a lifetime anymore and we’re in a much more entrepreneurial, global era where people need to move faster and things change with much more frequency. What’s cool about that is there’s a lot more opportunity, but you have to put yourself first and be in control of your own destiny because no one company can take care of you your whole career.

If you’re a great leader you always put your people first and understand where they’re intended to go and you help them grow even if it means leaving your employ. There’s not enough talent in the world. We all have openings we’d like to fill. And I think our job as executives is to make sure we grow that talent base to fill those great jobs people would like to have. I think every employee and every person needs to know where they fit and what are their unique talents and what are their unique skills. What would they love to do and they need to take a real assessment of how capable are they at this stage of their life in doing what they’d like to do. And then if that assessment doesn’t lead to a result that you’re happy with then you need to make some changes, pick up some additional skills, do something you love a little bit more to be able to get to someplace that you’re in a happier spot.

The era of companies taking care of employees for life is over. The new era, according to tech entrepreneur Maynard Webb, requires individuals to control their own destinies by putting themselves first. Webb, the best-selling author of Rebooting Work, explains in this video why you have to see yourself as the CEO of your own destiny, the chief executive of you.

Related Articles

How swimming in cold water could treat depression

The surprisingly simple treatment could prove promising for doctors and patients seeking to treat depression without medication.

Photo by Luis Marina/Flickr
Mind & Brain
  • A new report shows how cold-water swimming was an effective treatment for a 24-year-old mother.
  • The treatment is based on cross-adaptation, a phenomenon where individuals become less sensitive to a stimulus after being exposed to another.
  • Getting used to the shock of cold-water swimming could blunt your body's sensitivity to other stressors.
Keep reading Show less

Eating your kids may improve your sex life? Sounds fishy.

Maybe try counseling first before you try this, married folks.

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash
Surprising Science
  • The study looks at cannibalism in fish.
  • If it doesn't look like the brood is going to be 'productive,' it might get eaten.
  • Don't try this at home. Seriously, don't. Human beings deserve love and respect.
Keep reading Show less

Are people with more self-discipline happier?

Why self-control makes your life better, and how to get more of it.

Buddhist monks of all nations mediate in Thailand. Monks are well known for their self-discipline and restrictive lifestyle. Is it possible that this leads them to happiness?
(Photo by Geem Drake/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Personal Growth
  • Research demonstrates that people with higher levels of self-control are happier over both the short and long run.
  • Higher levels of self-control are correlated with educational, occupational, and social success.
  • It was found that the people with the greatest levels of self-control avoid temptation rather than resist it at every turn.
Keep reading Show less