In almost all organizations you’ll find executives and senior managers who do not add to the bottom line and, frankly, need to be removed. They do not reach their goals, boycott strategic initiatives, hinder progress, or block constructive teamwork. The right thing to do is to fire them.

The problem is that their boss or superior refuses to make that tough decision and instead is spinning his or her wheels. They’ll say things like “No, I am not firing him. Let’s try this first” or “I’m a savior, it is not going to happen on my watch”.

My take on this?

  1. As a boss you are here to make profits for the shareholders and to lead by example
  2. Your refusal to act exhibits a poor value system
  3. Your inaction creates disrespect and dampens motivation among your employees.

One client who I advised on this told me he could not believe the positive changes in his organization after he fired a difficult and troublesome senior manager.

Marc Neddermann

Author Marc Neddermann

Marc Neddermann is a consultant, speaker and trusted advisor on growth and innovation. He has worked with leaders and executives of DAX 30 companies as well as medium sized businesses.

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