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How To Fire a Bad Employee

It’s not as easy as you think. It takes preparation, compassion, and a strategically located box of tissues.


Episode Notes

Gabe needs to fire a bad employee—but can’t quite bring himself to do it. We turn to a Stanford professor of management science, Bob Sutton (The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss) for help. First, Sutton says, Gabe has to act like a boss, not a friend. Then he should write a letter, focus on compassion, and hide the tissues.

Podcast production by Derek John.


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