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I’m late to the party on this one. At the time of me writing this it’s well over 10 million views on YouTube, has been all over the news, and you’ve probably already seen it.

So, Marina Shifrin quit her job in a stunning fashion (find out more about Marina here). She danced through the empty office at 4:30 in the morning, filmed it, edited the video with some explanatory text, and the rest is history. In the realm of ways to quit your job, it goes in the Hall of Fame. But while I enjoy watching this video, and I do find it quite amusing (even though Marina is an MU grad, sorry, Jayhawk here), I’m upset.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not upset at Marina. I’m upset at her boss.

I’ve read a few different articles on why Marina left her job, and it sounds like she really liked the place, in the video she even calls it “awesome.” But along the way, even the “awesome” jobs can come up short. Who’s to blame? I think some may point the finger at Marina and state she really didn’t care about the job, maybe her heart was never in the right place when it came to her employment. I strongly disagree. We may never know the true story (an outsider looking in here), but in the working environment that Marina comes from, an environment which seems to embrace creativity, it’s obvious Marina was never given an outlet.

If you are a boss, a manager, a leader, it is your job to give your staff the tools to succeed. It is your job to implore your staff to push themselves. It is your job to embrace creative minds, like Marina, and use their ideas to improve your business.

Like I said, I’m an outsider looking in, but I watch that video, and I think back to when I was in charge of a large staff. I think I’d be upset if someone made an “I quit” video. But, at the same time, I think I’d be mad at myself for not truly seeing what that person had to offer.

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