Chapter 32. Who’s in Charge Here?

One dilemma in getting rid of a bad employee is not being sure who is responsible for firing that employee. As a result, the termination process can take much longer than usual. It may even take longer to realize that you have a problem employee, when the chain of command and communication is diffused and uncertain. Still more complications can arise if the employee is in possession of critical information that you need to get back.

That’s the situation faced by Michael, a minister who headed a small church under the auspices of a board of directors, a hiring committee, and a group of volunteers. Michael had hired Martha as a part-time bookkeeper to keep the books, send out the payroll checks to the church’s staff ...

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