"Nobody likes firing people; it's pretty unpleasant. But you can't let your feelings interfere with you doing a good job. A good job, in my opinion, is concise, direct, and with respect for the feelings of the person being fired. To do that, the first thing you go to do is absolutely avoid beating around the bush. The first words out of your mouth should be something like, 'John, your employment at this company has been terminated as of today.' Then you move on to the logistics of what is going to happen to them next, and then you give them time and space to gather themselves and make a dignified exit. Firing people is never fun, but it's important, so do it right." -- Jim McCarthy
You're Fired Part 3
Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar, focuses on business development through strategic marketing. Before launching Goldstar in February 2002, Jim was Vice President of Marketing for venture-backed Kiko, Inc., and previous to that developed highly successful sales products for GeoCities until its acquisition by Yahoo! in 1999. He has penned articles on e-commerce and niche marketing for such publications as E-Commerce Times, has been a featured lecturer at such conferences as InTix and Ticket Summit, and was invited to participate in the TED conference in 2008 and 2009. Jim is a graduate of the Anderson School at UCLA and Harvard University.