In this book, Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D., takes the reader along on her personal journey through the trauma of being fired—the reasons for it, the steps to recovery, and her transformation into a new career. Dr. Carballo-Perelman was fired because she stayed true to her ethics and her professional dedication. Many if not most people today lose their jobs for reasons that have nothing to do with poor performance. For this reason, this book is tremendously empowering. Ten years ago, it was the ultimate failure to be fired. In today’s work environment, it’s not only not the supreme humiliation; it can even be a badge of courage to be fired. However, the current work environment also has people living in fear and feeling grateful to have any work at any pay under any conditions. This must change, and Dr. Carballo-Perelman’s story provides the inspiration for that change.
In Part 1, the book begins with a discussion of what’s necessary to survive as an employee in a corporation—how to understand your work environment, navigate it, and, if necessary, exit it. It discusses these issues in the context of corporate consciousness—corporate social responsibility within the workplace—and how it affects a company and its employees.
Part 2 of the book is a series of essays in which each chapter addresses a particular quality necessary to create a positive work environment for employees and employers alike. Ethics and integrity form the foundation upon which the discussion of these qualities is based. Dr. Carballo-Perelman weaves her own experiences and revelations into this section to provide the reader with a firsthand look at how giving your all in your job can still get you fired.
Part 3 discusses the trauma of being fired and how to move forward after a termination, including the difficult but absolutely necessary grieving process. It discusses how to evaluate your options and take advantage of them. These options include reinventing yourself to seek a different line of work or rejoining the workforce in your former capacity. Again, Dr. Carballo-Perelman provides inspiring personal examples.
Fired: Challenging the Status Quo and the Aftermath is essential reading, not only for employees who want to do what is best without fear of being terminated but also to help employers bring grace, understanding, and compassion to their companies by adopting corporate social responsibility policies that allow their employees and their businesses to thrive.
It also gives hope to those of you who find yourselves in similar situations, that despite the frustrations you experience, there are better options in other, more socially responsible corporations.
The author has experienced, first-hand, what it feels like to get fired for challenging the status quo. This book was her cathartic response to the traumatic experience.
It also is a great companion to her other book, Fired: Challenging the status Quo and the Aftermath, a more detailed, self-help, how-to book on developing a better working relationship with your employer as well as navigating the grieving and renewal process, if indeed you are fired.
Shut the F*ck Up or Else You’ll Get Fired would make a great gift for those who are just starting their careers and newly hired.
Please take to heart the message found at the end. Enjoy!
Also by Dr. Carballo-Perelman:
Calling All Women Book Set
Hush Dear Soul Book Set
Meet Author- Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D.
Her passion to write this book derives from wanting to help the next generation of women, in the throes of popular culture, find a better way. Her aim is to empower women, not make them into "little men". By doing so, she hopes to accelerate the overall equality of the sexes in all areas of life.
She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, two dogs and a cat. Her daughter has graduating from college, aiming towards a degree in healthcare.