How do I fire a long-time associate, a
good friend? What do I tell him, and how do I break the bad news?
an impossible situation, and I have never seen anyone handle it well. Most of
the time the president avoids the issue and continues to hang on to his friend.
The president rationalizes: “My old friend has 25 years in the company. How can
I do this to him?”
poor manager keeps the executive in his old job and lets him die there. A
better manager transfers his old friend to a position of less responsibility,
putting him out to pasture, and prays for a resignation. The smart manager does
the deed and gets it out of the way so he can worry about more important
an old friend is a bloody mess. It will make you sick, and you won’t sleep well
for weeks. But this is your job. How does a general respond when he has to send
out a platoon knowing it isn’t coming back? The general has to take the hill at
all costs. He sacrifices the platoon in order to win the battle.
Mortimer R. Feinberg, Ph.D., Effective
Psychology For Mangers, (1965)