How To Fire A Really Nice Person

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Shutterstock Have you ever had to fire a really nice person?  Terminations and layoffs are never fun (if they are fun for you, please seek help). But they are all the worse when you’re faced with letting go of someone you genuinely like. It’s much easier to fire jerks!  So what…

How To Fire A Really Nice Person

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Have you ever had to fire a really nice person? 
Terminations and layoffs are never fun (if they are fun for you, please seek help). But they are all the worse when you’re faced with letting go of someone you genuinely like. It’s much easier to fire jerks! 
So what do you do when faced with parting ways with a nice person? 
In our executive search work at Vanderbloemen, we specialize in faith-based organizations. Some people might think that Christian organizations don’t have to fire people, but they do. And whether you run a corporate business or a Christian organization – at some point, everyone has to face handling how to fire someone. I’m learning that involves firing friendly people, and I’m learning how to do that more graciously as I go. 
Our COO, Sutton Turner, came out of the business world to be the Executive Pastor (think COO) at a huge church that went through a severe crisis resulting in lots of layoffs and terminations. He says that when he arrived, layoffs and terminations were not done well. He went on to tell me (and to write about) how one of the greatest lessons he learned was handling terminations with unusual grace and not just as a cold business decision. 
When it comes to terminations, preparation is critical. Here are some tips he’s shared, and some that I’m learnin
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