When the Mean Girls Win

Sometimes the mean girls win. 

Sometimes they steal your product idea and get it to market first. 

Sometimes they present your intellectual property and material, verbatim, from stage as their own. 

Sometimes they walk out the door, after working for you for years, with your trade secrets and client list. 

Sometimes it's not the newbies, but the people who have been in business for a while.

Sometimes, more often than not, the offender is someone you once considered a friend. 

Sometimes it seems like they can keep up the charade forever. 

Sometimes they can.

This isn't a Kumbayah post. It's just an acknowledgement that it happens, it's hurtful, and it flat-out sucks. 

Sometimes people won't fight fair. 

The trick is to never, ever let it make you cynical. 

Originally published August 2016