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“I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.”
—A very successful CEO (who asked not to be named)
We (your authors) teach our children to work hard and never, ever give up. We teach them to be grateful, to be full of wonder, to expect good things to happen, and to search for literal and figurative treasure on every beach, in every room, and in every person.
But some day, when the treasure hunt is over, we’ll also teach them to fire people. Why? After working with the most inventive people in the world for two decades, we’ve discovered the value of a certain item in the leadership toolbox: the pink slip.
Show of hands: How many of you out there in Innovationland have gotten the “what took you so long?” question from your staff when you finally said goodbye to a teammate who was seemingly always part of problems instead of solutions?
We imagine a whole bunch of hands. (Yep, ours went up, too.)
These people—and we’re going to talk about three specific types in a minute—passive-aggressively block innovation from happening and will suck the energy out of any organization.
When confronted with any of the following three people—and you have found it impossible to change their ways, say goodbye.
1. The Victims
“Can you believe what they want us to do now? And of course we have no time to do it. I don’t get paid enough for this. The boss is clueless.”
Victims are people who see problems as occasions for persecution rather than challenges to overcome. We all play the role of victim occasionally, but for some, it has turned into a way of life. These people feel persecuted by humans, processes, and inanimate objects with equal ease—they almost seem to enjoy it. They are often angry, usually annoyed, and almost always...
This "Anonymous" CEO is a dinosaur, and such a motivator. Don't like the culture? F*** you, have a nice day! Conditions unsafe and management doesn't have your back? Too bad!
I have worked in the healthcare field many years, and it's unfortunate when administrators don't value or listen to those employees working in the trenches. They see the deficiencies, and the cracks in the veneer and
experience those firsthand. They aren't closed off in an office trying to manage the companies bottom line and save their backsides, while blaming and firing the so called "unhappy people" when the "S" hits the fan.
Go ahead and cull the heard of naysayers, but things will not change.
Many years ago, I had the experience of working for a "tyrannical" administrator, she was a blowhard and a
bully towards her employee's. Following a survey where everyone worked tremendously to create the illusion of perfection, she lambasted the entire Physical Therapy Department during an employee staff meeting and made some erroneous and embarrassing allegations about them. Not surprisingly, the entire department
Resigned the following day.
I appreciate that people in the front office have a difficult and challenging job, but the places I've worked at
that create a positive environment and value their employee's input tend to have higher productivity, less employee turnover. Everyone wins.