Fear of Firing

Nobody but a sadist gets any pleasure out of firing someone.

Apart from the extreme discomfort, one of the main reasons managers don’t fire someone, particularly someone they personally hired, is the fear of looking stupid. They’re supposed to know what they’re doing and to have to fire someone implies that they either don’t know what they’re doing, they didn’t do a good job, or they made a hiring mistake.

You wouldn’t be the first manager to make a hiring mistake and you won’t be the last. Hoping your mistake will go away or correct itself is not a good strategy. Do the right thing, correct the mistake, and move past your fear. Not to do so is an even bigger mistake.

The experience we gain from the mistakes we make causes us to make fewer mistakes. It’s a painful, but necessary, journey.

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