Letting People Go

By David Dodson
2020 | Case No. E718 | Length 14 pgs.
If you’re committed to excellent leadership, you’ll have to replace employees who aren’t a good fit. Further, a willingness to replace underperformers, or those in the wrong job, sends the message to your organization that you set a high standard for performance. Done properly, that standard will permeate throughout the whole organization. Leaders must embrace this management challenge and should adopt best practice to avoid common pitfalls that make the task of termination even more difficult.

Learning Objective

This note is designed to help students learn how to handle the difficult but inevitable management task of terminating an employee who is not a good fit for the organization. After reading this note, students will understand when to act, what to do to prepare themselves and their organizations, and how to manage the emotional dynamics at play.
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