I recently worked on a team with a memorable co-worker, who had been in our industry for over 20 years.
He was one of the most respected employees on our team, for his in-depth knowledge and ability to build solid working relationships. He consistently met or exceeded goals in terms of sales and follow-up with prospects.
He told me and our team a story that was heart-wrenching. (I knew others he worked with from years ago, and they confirmed this is what happened.)
About 5 years ago, when he was a long-time employee for a different company, he was diagnosed with cancer and made every effort to overcome it.
The owner of that business was a known jerk. According to stories I heard, he put a ton of pressure on his employees and lacked compassion. The proof? When he found out that my coworker had cancer, he FIRED HIM.
My co-worker survived, in part because his spouse was still working, and then moved on to our company, where he’s been a highly valued contributor to this day. But hearing this story changed how I think of bosses and clients to this day.