Ella Bell: You’re Fired!

“Be sure you have really good data to support what’s wrong, what’s not being done right. Sit down and have an honest, face-to-face conversation with the person. Do a little assessment. Is it a skill issue? Is it a person issue? Is it a fit issue? I like to give to the person a little time to see if they can correct the situation. If not, you gotta let them go. You’re not doing him a favor, you’re not doing a company a favor by keeping someone on who really should be in another place.” — Ella Bell

“Be sure you have really good data to support what’s wrong, what’s not being done right. Sit down and have an honest, face-to-face conversation with the person. Do a little assessment. Is it a skill issue? Is it a person issue? Is it a fit issue? I like to give to the person a little time to see if they can correct the situation. If not, you gotta let them go. You’re not doing him a favor, you’re not doing a company a favor by keeping someone on who really should be in another place.” — Ella Bell

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Professor Bell is an associate professor of business administration at Tuck and works in the field of organizational behavior.She has previously served on the faculties of Belk College of Business Administration, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale's School of Management, and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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