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Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

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“Yes, I have and believe me it feels horrible. But I know how to keep emotions at bay, while I am at work.

Firing comes at the very end of road with me.

When I set up a team, I do so very carefully after considering the past feedback and history of every single team member.

But it is not always possible to choose your team.

Sometimes, you have to work with a few rotten potatoes and it is essential to remove them from the basket, to save the rest.

I have a tendency to spot poor performers within two to three months of them or me joining a new team.

Last time I spotted one, I consulted my peers and other team members.

Then, I had to set up a one-on-one meeting with the person and gave him several warnings, both written and verbal, over a 30-day period.

I helped him prepare a list of work and behavioral goals, that I decided upon after consulting the rest of the team.

Eventually I had to fire that person because he showed zero signs of improvement, drive and motivation.

That firing was for a cause and I had no other resort left in my rule book.”