People Are Business
September 22, 2006 5:14 PM
The best and the worst moments of running a business stem from the people we hire and fire. One of the things I am most proud about is the personal environment we have created at our company. I have lost count of the number of people who have spontaneously walked into my office and told me that this is the best job they have ever had (from PAs to producers to accountants).
The only way to create that kind of environment is to be willing to fire people who will poison that environment – no matter how difficult it is. And, no matter how nice you try to be about it . . . that makes you the bad guy to some people – and is likely to make you some enemies. But, I am a firm believer that we are better judged by the people who do not like us, than by the people who do. And, this is one form of collateral damage that I believe is well worth the pain and suffering.