Jun 20 2016

What if Your Company has a Tenure System?

Would you stay, or would you go? Tenure is a century old system that was initially designed to protect teachers from arbitrary dismissal, like getting pregnant, getting married or even wearing slacks.


Nov 20 2013

Should You Fire or Coach a Poor Performer?

I think many managers try to coach poor performers, especially new managers. If you think about it, professional sports may be the only place where one bad season can cost you your job.   In January of this year alone, twelve coaches and general managers were fired and that was just in the NFL. Even crack smoking mayors like Rob Ford seem to keep their job long past their expiration date.



Sep 25 2013

Need to Fire Someone? Here’s What You Should Know

Kudos to any manager out there who’s been able to survive without firing anyone.  No offense, but you’re either extremely lucky or a major conflict avoider.  Be honest, did you just transfer your problem to another department? Firing someone is one of the hardest things you ever have to do, but do it you must.


Aug 07 2013

3 Reasons You Need to Fire the Toxic Employee

I had breakfast the other day with a former colleague who’s now managing his own team.  He asked me. “What do you do when you really don’t like one of your employees?” When asked why, he simply stated, “He treats people horribly and brings down the whole office.” I simply said, “You need to fire him”.

Jun 25 2013

Would You Have Fired Paula Deen?

Do you know someone who’s been fired? I don’t mean laid off or downsized out, but really fired? If you have, it’s likely they didn’t have to face the scrutiny that both Paula Deen and the Food Network have recently faced. If the Food Network had anticipated the sheer volume of negative feedback they’ve received, do you think they would have still fired Deen?

Apr 02 2013

Bad Employees Never Quit!

I had to laugh when I read the recent article in the WSJ that validated what I learned years ago.  Bad employees are happy employees. In over 40% of the companies they surveyed, low performers were found to be more engaged and enjoyed working for their companies more than middle and high performers.  Why wouldn’t they be?

Nov 15 2012

7 Things You Should Never Say When You Fire Someone

Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of having to let people go. You can call it firing or downsizing, but it’s basically the same thing. You’re ending someone’s livelihood. Today’s WSJ had an article on The Best Ways to Fire Someone with some solid tips. But it didn’t go far enough.  There are some things you want to make sure you never say when you have to cut the cord.