Bring Out Your Dead

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This week ‘a bit of a rant’ – next week my solution!


A fair legal process to fast-track people out of your organisation, who no longer make the right choices, display the required behaviours or perform to the requisite level.


The single biggest factor on whether an organisation succeeds, or fails, is the choices made by its leaders, and through them, their people. It is mission critical that people who no longer choose to give their best leave an organisation as fast as possible. It is in the shareholders’ interest, it is only fair to everyone else in the organisation (allowing them to stay is akin to allowing fare dodging on a train) and in the interests of the person/people themselves (not motivated/round peg in square hole).

The past must not equal the future

In the past organisations would go to ridiculous lengths of time, complexity and cost to remove such people. Business Process Re-engineering (BPR aka boredom on speed) was the most popular initiative to hide getting rid of Dead Wood (DW) behind apparent organisational change. Aside from the time, complexity and cost, it had the additional problem that it upset people that an organisation wanted to keep (they often had to apply for their own jobs).

The recent past has gone to the other extreme, with organisations being so legally and reputation conscious that they will drag out the process to ensure “fairness” while avoiding tribunals. Then finally the person will leave with a massive pay-out. This does not work either, for exactly the same reasons as the BPR approach, with one additional massive negative – actively rewarding the wrong attitude and behaviours!

What to do?

Aha – as I said – I’ll let you know next week..

With my love and best wishes

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