Three Rules for Firing People

I did executive career counseling long before ‘You’re fired!” became a meme. That’s how I got to thinking about how end of a job is similar to the end of life. Having made this connection, three guiding principles came into focus. They are: Maintain a ‘least restrictive’ environment. This means allowing the dying person the latitude to do what they need or want to […]

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On Being Clueful and Caring About It

I’ve taken to using the word ‘cluefulness’ and all its glorious variants because I’m tired of hearing people say that people they don’t agree with are clueless. Listen up: that language misses the point, and here’s why. First of all, people who don’t have a clue don’t realize what they are missing. Duh. Why would […]

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To HR, with Love

So you are searching for a manager who is a “big picture visionary with great attention to detail” – or at least that’s what the hiring manager told you. No problem… since I don’t have to recruit for you. But I’m feeling this obligation to let you know why this job description bullet point won’t work.  This is the work equivalent […]

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A Good Time for Good Will

Good will, I’ve learned from colleagues who practice the mysterious art of business valuation, is not an easy thing to quantify. There are standard guidelines, but each seems to have a unique recipe or method for assigning a number to intangible assets, and sometimes they even agree. But not often. Especially when they are on […]

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