Archive for the ‘Goodbye! – My transition out of Therapy Solutions’ Category

January 14th 2011

My team said some lovely things on my last day, I’ve received some wonderfully kind messages of support from others in the wider co and the references are building up on my LinkedIn profile.

Mike, my direct boss, put out an announcement about my position’s elimination which included:  “Matthew has been a man of honor through this process.  We appreciate so much the progress he has made in transitioning Therapy Solutions into our family of companies and it’s growth over the last 2 years.  We will be supporting Matthew’s transition.  We applaud Matthew for everything he’s done for Therapy Solutions and wish him the very best with his next endeavors.”

Bob (COO) wrote on my LinkedIn profile: “Matthew is a genuine individual who worked diligently to transition a company that we acquired into our family of companies. He built our employee base and streamlined/organized processes that had been antiquated. He developed social media for recruitment and sales purposes. He also developed new clients for our company and continued to contribute to the growth and building of revenue in the company. It was a sincere pleasure to work with Matthew.”

Don’t get me wrong, there will be plenty who will delighted to see the back of me – you know who are!  However, at these times of introspection, it is joyous for me to know that by following the age-old mantra of trying to ‘treat others as you would wish to be treated’ and by trying your best each and every day, more people than not respond positively; your efforts are reflected back at you as images of appreciation.

I am a lucky man.




January 7th 2011

Today was not a good day!

The email came in from the COO – “Hey Matthew, Mike (President) and I will be in the area, can we come and see you?”  Admittedly inauspicious on the surface, I’m been around the block enough times for alarm bells to immediately toll.  When neither one would return my calls, my suspicions hardened.

By the time that Bob (COO) and Mike delivered the news “I’m sorry Matthew, but to prepare for the changes in reimbursement, the overall co is having to cut costs and yours is one of the positions to go”, my reaction was one more of resignation as opposed to surprise.

Having delivered that type of news myself on many occasions and therefore knowing how stressful these situations are for all concerned, I was impressed by the humane way that the situation was handled by both of them.  It was especially nice for them to ask me as to how I wanted the team told and then for them to deliver on my request to confirm to those assembled that this was nothing to do with performance; more so, that it was to do with costs, as there was another person in the parent co who could absorb the running of my responsibilities into their role.

They were both so complimentary as to everything I had achieved over the past 2.5 years and as to the reasons that they had enjoyed working with me.  I echoed their feelings, confirming that I had the greatest respect for both of them.

An hour after they arrived, they and my job were gone.

By the end of the day, so was I.