The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Person [Podcast S03E03]

6 Steps for Resolving Poor Hiring Decisions

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the best way to handle the firing and layoff process.

Letting someone go from your organization is hard. In fact, it should be. But sometimes it’s necessary, and it’s there a simple, six-step process for creating the best possible outcome.

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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to engineer a dismissal or layoff with the best possible outcome in mind.
  • The three things you must have clarity about before letting someone go.
  • How to let people go in a way that honors them and stays true to your organization.
  • A simple and effective format for structuring the difficult conversation.
  • Why it’s essential to get the opinion of counsel before acting.
  • How to minimize the likelihood of getting sued.
  • How you can let the clock work for you in the process.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What keeps you from firing the one bad fit on your team?

Binge on All 13 Episodes!

If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all thirteen audio episodes of Season 3 here. I release the video episodes weekly, as they are not yet available for batch listening. If you are looking for previous episodes, you can find Season 0 here, Season 1 here, and Season 3 here.

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Last week’s episode goes hand-in-glove with this one: “The Right Way to Hire the Right People.”

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