Letting Go of People and Things
In the previous article, we discussed how we should respond to being let go from a job. In this article we look at the other side of that issue: having to let go of other people in positions that are not working out. Though this discussion is mainly put in terms of firing people, this aspect of strategic thinking can also be applied to choosing to leave a job, killing product lines, stopping certain services, and so on.
Those who have never had to fire people usually don’t realize how difficult the process is. Too many businesses suffer because cutting existing people is too emotionally difficult. This is even more true of cutting existing products, divisions, and services. Most organizations and many of us fail as individuals fail because we cannot make these choices. But the decision not to act is still a choice, as one more dangerous than most. as any other.
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