I have had the honor of being a business and life coach to Cindy Dillard. I really admire how she handled the business decision of dismissing a worker. Below is her story of how she got the courage to terminate a talented employee.
It’s a no-brainer to fire an inefficient, failing employee. What about an employee who has talent and who you believe might be the glue holding your small business together?
Tax consultant Cindy Dillard faced that question.
To answer it, she moved deeper into understanding her own fears and the dynamics of her office.
1. She examined her motives. Why didn’t she trust her gut and fire this person? One reason was that the employee did not do anything HUGELY wrong. It was a lot of little things. And if she fired that person, what would that make her? “I didn’t want to be perceived as a bad person,” Dillard said.
Plus, she said, “I didn’t know if they were the glue who held me together or if I could function without them.”
2. She observed clients and employees. When this employee was in the room the energy shifted from positive to negative. Clients, too, were impacted by the toxic environment. Cindy came to understand that it was far scarier to think about what would happen if this employee didn’t leave, then to fire this person.
3. She set her intention. When it was time for the employee to go, Cindy talked with her business coach, said her affirmations and set her intention, saying, “I wanted everyone to win and it didn’t matter how that was going to happen.”
Having the courage to fire an employee who was a bad fit, not only changed the office, it changed Cindy.
She realized, “I didn’t need someone else to support me the way this employee had. I can handle anything and I’m not afraid to step into issue that might happen. I realized I can do this on my own.”
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