Not to long ago a nice article (regardless of the title) made its way to my inbox. It was called “Three Types of People to Fire Immediately” by G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Viton. It kicked off with this:
I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.
—A very successful CEO (who asked not to be named)
Lots of detail in the article but the gist of it is if you have tried to change people and they won’t adapt they need to go away. Below are the three types of people to fire immediately.
1. The Victims; people looking for problems not opportunities.
2. The Nonbelievers; the difference between winning and losing is desire.
3. The Know It Alls; they will snuff out any sparks of change.
While the job of management is to improve people’s performance sometimes they just won’t change. You don’t want these types of people in your organization. They will stifle innovation and growth.