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Debbie is leaving a hostile work environment and moving to another position. The new job will pay $53,000. Her insurance is also going to cost $600 more per month. Is this a good move?

QUESTION: Debbie in Houston is leaving a hostile work environment and looking to move to another position. She’s making $62,000 a year now, and the new job will pay $53,000. Her insurance is also going to cost $600 more per month. Is this a good move? Dave says other than the increased insurance costs, he doesn’t see a reason why she shouldn’t do it.

ANSWER: You probably need to shop insurance in the open market. I think I would go to and click on “health insurance” and talk to a health insurance broker. I think you can beat that in Texas.

I would take the new job in about an eye blink. It falls under the heading of, “Life’s Too Short.” Your household income is $175,000. We start talking about cutting it 7% here for your household income, it’s not like you guys can’t pay your bills or something like that. You have opportunity for advancement, so you’ll be back where you’re supposed to be then.

I was going to guess that you were 50 because I’m 50, and you reach a point at 50 or at 40, and you should reach that point at 30 but you often don’t, that $9,000 to take crap is not worth the money. It’s that simple. “I’m going to pay $9,000 to get a butt out of my life.” It’ll probably save you that in medical bills. You’re not going to do good at a job when you hate going over there every day. You’re just not going to be any good at it because you’ve got no energy for it. So you’re not a blessing to them; they’re not a blessing to you. They’re too stupid in leadership to fix this, so we’ve got an untenable situation.

It’s a leadership breakdown is what it is. One of the things that paralyzes any team—and I talk about this when I’m teaching leadership and teaching people how to run businesses—is unresolved disagreements, especially when it’s a supervisor situation. But even if it’s two coworkers, unresolved disagreements paralyze the workplace. Leadership that doesn’t deal with disagreements and bring them to a head—either fire you or move you or straighten that guy’s attitude up—leadership that doesn’t lead to that degree has trouble keeping talent. That’s a healthy view on leadership, a correct view on leadership, and you’re dealing with Corporate America where you’re dealing with some Barney Fife. Get out of there. Yes, for $9,000, I’m done.