CHAPTER11

Your ResignationChecklist

Borland was tanking. I'd survived three rounds of layoffs primarily because my project was still generating quite a bit of revenue, but every meeting I attended everyone kept using the word if.

"Well, if we get funded we'll be able to do this."

"If Paul stays, we can keep this feature."

"I don"t know if this is a good idea given what we don't know."

If—everywhere. If is uncertainty. If is fear. If there were no if, I'd be able to focus on my job, but I couldn't because no one was sure what was going to happen.

When I finally received an offer from a database company in Redwood City, I was in bliss for a brief moment. The new company had scads of cash, upside, and a distinct lack of if. The bliss quickly faded ...

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