Friday, October 30, 2020

Can you shoot?

Trust your gut. Fire early.

It’s easy to spot the person you hired wrongly despite your good intentions and efforts. They stand out like a sore thumb early. 

The worst candidate we hired knew that in our industry we generally work past the normal 9-to-5 working hours. We are more like a 9-to-infinity-and-beyond. Even though he knew about this and it was made clear to him, after the first week; he began to leave at 6.30pm sharp without completing his time-sensitive work. 

By the time we hired him, we had enough experience in firing people and to know who deserved a second chance. We fired him after the first week.

Earlier in our history, we once gave someone nine months’ worth of chances. It was both painful for us and for him. When we finally let him go, we elevated. At his new place, he flew! Sometimes letting people go is doing everyone a favour.

You will want to be kind. But first, be kind to yourself. You are on a mission. Anyone not contributing to that mission is a liability. 

As usual, it’s not them. It’s you.

Who would you fire today?

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