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My First Time “Firing” Someone

Being the boss has its perks but no one wants to be the boss as and when you have to fire someone! I really hate using the word “fire” in this context, so I’ll just use “let someone go.” Better, right?

Anyway, I experienced letting someone go for the first time a couple of months ago and it was probably the most uncomfortable situation I’ve been in as a boss. Not because I felt like I was letting a valuable team member go, more so because I didn’t want to give up on them. I wanted to give that person another chance to be the person they claimed to be during the interviewing and application process. But at the same time, I knew that more chances meant more disappointment. If you don’t deliver on the first two opportunities, why should you be given a third?

I’m trying to get over my control freak ways and it’s really hard to trust someone with your baby. JessicaSimien.com is my baby (and namesake!) and I do not want anyone on my team who does not take what we do seriously. I remember my former bosses telling us, “I hired you based on what you told me you could and would do” in staff meetings and I totally get what they meant by that. No one wants to put their trust in someone who sold them a dream. Not in life, relationships and damn sure not with their business.

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