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“Glenn Shepard Teaches Leaders to be A**holes”
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by Glenn Shepard
January 9, 2018
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You’ve heard it before…

“What you say about others says more about you than it does about them”.

Nowhere is this truer than when people make the mistake of emailing, texting, or posting something online when angry. (If you’ve attended my seminar, you’ll remember learning about this in the Anger Curve.)

Dr. Ryan Martin, who is the Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, wrote this in Psychology Today:

“Once you send a hostile email, the exchange stops being about your concern and starts being about your nasty email.”

Recently a woman in Indiana posted this online review with the Better Business Bureau:


“(Glenn’s) 10 rules of work will do nothing but kill the morale of those in your company. Leadership in the non-profit I work for recently posted these in our office and the message they preach is nothing but "you don't matter", "show up work hard and don't expect anything in return", "do not I repeat do not let anyone know you are a Mom or Dad, heaven forbid your children ever get sick and need you", "teamwork? what teamwork? we do not do that here"......You get the idea. I find it disgusting that our agency shelled out over a grand to this man to teach our leaders to be a**holes.”


While I obviously disagree with her message, even if her complaint had merit, she nearly committed career suicide. Not because of what she said, but how she said it.

She probably doesn’t know how many employers use Online Vetting (aka Cyber Vetting) to screen job applicants. A 2017 CareerBuilder.com survey found:


- 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates, up from 11% in 2006

- 54% didn’t hire a candidate based on their social media profiles

- Over a third have reprimanded or fired an employee for what they posted online


Fortunately for her, the BBB does not publish names when people post nastygrams, and contacts the business for a response first.

Since she has never attended my seminar or bought any of my products, she is not a customer and the BBB declined to post her review. This was ironic, because we wanted the review posted so that we could post a response (which I’ll share with you later).

If her comments and name had been published, they would have followed her for life.

The moral of this story is “Don’t type when angry!”

To Your Success,


  


Glenn Shepard

P.S. If you don’t have a copy of the Rules of Work poster she was so upset about, click here to get one.

P.P. S. For proof of how drastically what you say online can affect your career, look at comedian Gilbert Gottfried. He lost his job as the voice of the famous AFLAC duck in 2011 because of a joke he tweeted about the Japanese tsunami.


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