This post is about how leaders can push reality to achieve great things.
In the last post I wrote about The Reality Principle — how success depends on seeing and accepting reality for what it is, then making decisions based on reality instead of your own wishful thinking. If you do not see reality clearly, reality automatically will work against you and bring pain.
But I don’t want to get fat. That’s why I weigh myself every day.
It’s the humbling lessons you remember best.
I was a little dramatic in my last post Good Leaders Fire People. Managing someone out (the right way) is different from firing.
My definition of “firing” is a forceful and immediate removal from the company. Firing should be reserved for someone who steals, lies or otherwise shows big integrity problems. Firing decisions are easy because they are so clear.
Managing someone out the right way means you ask someone to resign and he or she does so willingly. It’s a lot tougher than firing someone.
I’ll teach you how.
I call it “managing out.”
Sometimes you make a hiring mistake. Sometimes the organization outgrows the ability of a person. Sometimes people get too comfortable and complacent. The list goes on.
Sometimes it’s the painful moments in leadership that lead to amazing learning.
In 2008 VietnamWorks started a professional networking business similar to LinkedIn. It was called Caravat.com. We recruited a dynamic and talented young woman, Thanh, to start and run it. Thanh was intimidated at first but quickly grew into the role. She launched a good site and hired a great team.
“Oh sh*t, one of my top stars just quit.”
“Oh frack, the employee we fired for stealing is threatening legal action.”
“Oh cripes, the sales team made the same mistake again?!”
There are days when just going to work feels like a grueling crawl through the mud. We’ve all been there.
There is no company.
The company is a piece of paper on file in a government office. It is a figment of our collective imagination. It does’t exist.
The words you use matter because they control your thoughts. So I want you to stop using the word “company.” As in “It’s good for the company” or “Is she a fit with the company?”
Instead I want you to begin using the word “team” to replace the word “company.” As in “It’s good for the team” or “Is she a fit with the team?” It’s more real, more personal.
“Team” means people. People are the company. People are what really matters. People will work together with you to make something great.
There is no company.
There is no “Company” but there is a “Team” ow.ly/bXBwm
— Chris Forrest Harvey (@chrisfharvey) July 2, 2012