Terminating Staff? Don’t feel bad, really.
February 14, 2013 4 comments
I’m a Malcom Gladwell enthusiast to say the least. The author of Blink, Tipping Point and Outliers among others is a confirmed genius or at least an outlier according to his book. His philosophy creeps into a blog here and there, now and then. Every time I read a book about some super genius, like Gladwell, Steve Jobs or Oprah that was fired I think, “Seriously?!?!?”. Yes apparently sometimes employers get it wrong, or do they? Maybe it wasn’t working, maybe it was clear from the onset that they were destined for greater things, or maybe whomever fired them was blind, or worse threatened by their genius. Regardless of what it might have been it was a blessing. None of them would have accomplished what they did without that defining incident. Being fired can be a tipping point. A really good friend of mine at the moment is praying to be fired. She simply hates her job but can’t seem to kick herself in the pants to believe that there is something else out there in these challenging times. So she goes to work and waits for the kick, every day.
That’s why it never bothers me to fire anyone. I firmly believe that everyone is good at something and needs to find their calling. If I have provided all of the support, guidance, tools and opportunities to learn and develop and if not at least due care. Then I can part company with an employee with the clearest of consciences. Who knows you may just be the hand of divinity on that person’s path to a brighter future.
You always hear that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. So does every job, and while you always want to leave on your own terms, that’s not always going to be the case. I’m extremely fortunate for every path that crosses mine, each one is an opportunity to learn, grow or interact.
I was terminated, and it truly was the best thing that could have happened to me. I’m not saying it feels great at the time, and if you are terminated with a sense of dignity it makes a big difference in your recovery. A termination almost always creates a sense of uncertainty, even if you will it or expected it. But there is one certainty, when my final biography is written that incident will be highlighted as the thing that I most needed that I couldn’t do myself. I now live in gratitude of that moment and for any every success that has come since, even more so.