High Performers Don’t Quit Jobs — They Quietly Quit These Things

Life is too short to get paid less than you’re worth. Let’s fix that.

Tim Denning
The Startup
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6 min readJul 1, 2022


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When high-performing talent quits en masse it’s a red flag.

I once worked for a tech company where this was the case. The day before I joined two of the top two salespeople quit.

Seemed weird. I asked why they left…

“Ohhh no reason. It was time for them to move on anyway.”

In the weeks that followed more top performers began to quit. It was a good thing for me because I didn’t have the industry knowledge and needed to learn on the job.

No chance they would fire me while great talent rushed for the exits.

It became clear, quickly, what was going on. A few old school leaders had a boys club going on in the senior ranks. Anyone who tried to make change got the ass. I became a high-performer at that company … and then quit too.

High performers quit for these reasons

Pain in the ass bosses

Nothing worse than a toxic a-hole boss to ruin your day.

Life is too short to have the oxygen drained out of your lungs dealing with a bad boss.

Thanks to modern-day leadership trainers such as Simon Sinek, there is now a new class of leaders who understand how to treat humans well so that a business thrives.

No point getting sloppy seconds.

If your boss is bad then go on LinkedIn and start talking to recruiters. You’ll have plenty of opportunities within days.

Once you get to the interview stage, don’t choose a job.

Nope. Choose a leader. Interview them. Ask them hard questions such as “How are you going to help me be successful?”

Customer needs that never get addressed

Some businesses completely ignore customers. They harp on about being customer-first and say “the customer” a hundred times in every meeting.

Yet they do nothing for them.



Tim Denning
The Startup

Aussie Blogger with 500M+ views — Writer for CNBC & Business Insider. Inspiring the world through Personal Development and Entrepreneurship — timdenning.com/mb