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Whenever I hear Whitney Houston belt out “you were making a foo-ool of me yeah,” I want to do a praise clap.  I, like any woman who has identified with Madame Houston’s ballads, know what it’s like to feel brokenhearted, hurt or disrespected.  And, when those feelings creep into the realm of work- what do you do?

Learning what you can tolerate in the workplace is indeed different than what you would tolerate in your love life.  But the relationship you have with your job can often consume your being, and be just as large a part of your life as anything else.  And, I guess, this is what makes it so hard: that knowing when to leave this relationship you’ve built can be one of the hardest decisions to make.

There are no easy solutions, no answers I can offer off the bat.  Every situation has its own time, its own season.  But just as your romantic relationships weigh on your emotions, your mood- your work relationships can do this and more.  For many ladies, going into a negative environment every morning can be just as draining as a dissatisfying love.

Every successful woman I know has had to sever some ties in their past to move into their future.  This is not to say that the key success is burning bridges but that in order to get there you must cross some.  Each of us has our own determining factors for what ultimately will be the reason we walk out the door.  For me, I’ll walk if there is

1. No opportunity to move upward

2. Disrespect that encroaches on my ability to grow and…

3. A shot at something I have full faith is a personal promotion in my path for career success.

Those are my most vital criteria in deciding whether to stay or go, but Mesdames, tell me:

What is your final straw?

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