Chapter 2

Firing

If You Want to Learn More About Yourself, Fire Someone

One beautiful morning, I got to the office to find my HR department terminating an employee. This firing was terribly mishandled in a lot of ways. The employee was outraged. She stormed out of the conference room, called the HR representative several names I won’t repeat in this book, told the confused receptionist she was fat, mentioned to another passing employee that the entire organization had an obesity problem, called an engineer a low-life, picked up her purse, and left.

I asked the HR representative if he learned anything about himself. He nodded in agreement and repeated the foul feedback he had received from the terminated employee just seconds ago.

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