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Three Types of People to Fire Immediately

The Innovation Engine
November 08, 2011, 2:28 PM EST

Three Types of People to Fire Immediately

Want a more innovative company? Get rid of these folks. Today

By G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón

“I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.”
—A very successful CEO (who asked not to be named)

We (your authors) teach our children to work hard and never, ever give up. We teach them to be grateful, to be full of wonder, to expect good things to happen, and to search for literal and figurative treasure on every beach, in every room, and in every person.

But some day, when the treasure hunt is over, we’ll also teach them to fire people. Why? After working with the most inventive people in the world for two decades, we’ve discovered the value of a certain item in the leadership toolbox: the pink slip.

Show of hands: How many of you out there in Innovationland have gotten the “what took you so long?” question from your staff when you finally said goodbye to a teammate who was seemingly always part of problems instead of solutions?

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