Fire Everyone Today…

The second time I attended a Rockefeller Habits workshop (we now teach them), Verne Harnish asked us a question:

If you were to fire everyone from your company today, who would you re-hire with enthusiasm?  I came back to town and fired a few. You will be amazed, as I was, at the reactions from the other employees! The number one question from your employees or your team will be “what took so long?” Our question is how fast can you react once you realize you have the wrong people in the wrong seats.  It is simple, but it is not easy. I do not know anyone who likes to fire people. It’s not a pleasant feeling and I have done more firing than I ever wanted. What is most important to understand is that every person who needs to be free to find a new career is un-selling your company to your customers and your employees, when you hold onto them too long. The speed in which you move sells or un-sells.

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admin
admin

Great point! It wasn't written with a negative tone to indicate that people are inanimate objects to discard unnecessarily. We have made the edits and are excited to have you keep us on our toes.

William Bruce McFadden
William Bruce McFadden

When did we start referring to people as "that" instead of "who"? example from the above: "...every person (that) needs to be free..." I can see using "that" in reference to "...every issue (that) needed to be dealt with ..."; but not living, breathing human beings. People are not things...they are people...lets respect each other with our language.