Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has been in the media a lot lately. Much more now that he is a GOP candidate than ever before.
With each story, interview or sound bite I hear, I can’t help but hear him say “You’re fired,” his famous catch-phrase from the show “The Apprentice”, in which most contestants appear as shallow, heartless cut-throats willing to do anything in order to knock out their opponents.
But in the real business world, you have to be much more careful and thoughtful. The firing of an individual can take a devastating emotional toll on both the person being fired and the person doing the firing. It costs real money to terminate someone’s employment and find a replacement. It can also open the former employer up to public and legal scrutiny.
On the other hand, it can be the most healthy thing to happen to both the business and the former employee. Whatever the end result, do take a great deal of care before going there, but don’t let that care keep you from getting there if it is indeed the right thing to do.
This topic is covered in my book, Business is ART, but it is also the theme for the October 19, 2015 edition of my weekly newsletter, “The See 7”, where I provide you with summaries and links to at least 7 online articles, blogs or videos relative to the topic. Please click here to go to the See 7.
Meanwhile, what is the worst firing situation in which you have ever been involved, either as the one being fired or the one doing the firing?