I have fired a lot of people in the course of running a business for over 27 years. It’s never a fun thing to do but if your company is run right, it is a pretty easy thing to do and you will know when you need to do it. There is a wrong and a right way.
Recently, a high level person, the CEO of Yahoo!, was fired and it was done over the phone. There is most likely more to that story than we will ever understand but either way it doesn’t look good.
I am fairly certain I have fired someone over the phone in the past, just being honest. The point this week is for you to realize there’s a right and a wrong way to terminate a relationship with a member of your team. It’s not over the phone; it’s in person and it’s short and sweet and to the point.
Watch for a future webinar that I will host on hiring, firing, retaining, and training your team. In the meantime, read this story about the Yahoo! executive and try to treat your people, present and former members of your team, the way you would want yourself or one of your relatives treated!