I'm not even sure how much of Yahoo's struggles during her two and a half year tenure can be blamed on her leadership and direction - and I don't even have an opinion on this. With the current economy, many employers are struggling to keep their businesses moving forward. But, the one fact that I am absolutely certain about is that whether you are the administrative assistant or the CEO, you deserve respect as a human being and employee when your organization decides to fire you - especially for poor performance.
Maybe Ms. Bartz had many performance discussions with her Board; after all, she was a member and they must have closely reviewed Yahoo's progress. But, under most circumstances, you can ethically and legally fire an employee without disrespecting the employee and leaving your organization open for a potential lawsuit.
You can fire an employee with compassion and class. And, duh, of my top 10 don'ts when you fire an employee, guess which action is my number one? I hope the rest of Yahoo's culture has a different vibe. Otherwise, they're going to have a tough time recruiting.
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