NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Of all the Sears Holdings (SHLD) articles I wrote at the beginning of the year that went viral, If You Work For Sears, Quit and Find a New Job Now triggered the most controversy.
I led that piece off with a message I received from a VP at a major corporation not named Sears:
I refuse to go on the record, but let's just say your work this past week has confirmed that one of my decisions last year was the right one.
If a VP -- who, obviously, opted not to go work for Sears -- chest bumped and fist pumped to numbers such as More Pathetic Pictures From a Dying Sears or Sears: A National Tragedy, there's no reason why a rank and file retail associate shouldn't.
Don't do something dumb like quit a job if you're not prepared to be unemployed or if you don't have something else lined up, but -- for Pete's sake -- start looking because, as I noted during the January 2014 Sears social media dustup, what Sears requires is ...
about 2,000 sticks of dynamite and a management team staffed w/ techies who have never heard of Sears.
It's clear they're not going that route, so if you work there you need to make alternative plans pronto.
Nothing Eddie Lampert is doing at Sears keeps the best interests of the company's employees or its few remaining customers in mind. If you don't believe me, check what a former Sears VP and current retail consultant, Steve Dennis, said on his blog the other day. You might have seen him on CNBC or floating around Twitter (TWTR), but it's worth repeating what I consider the key takeaway from his spot-on rant where claims Lampert's "either a liar or delusional":