Monday, December 11, 2006

I once went to a David Maister seminar and I want those 8 hours back

David Maister makes a case for firing people via email, no doubt leading to hours of high fiving among Radio Shack executives.

Fortunately Maister's readers are fully formed humans and thus wiser and more decent.


Anonymous said...

Dingus is the first thing that springs to mind. Dingus, Dingus, Dingus. I suppose if one chooses to think of employees as resources/property - then sure, fire by email - make it completely detached, but I'm going to call you a gutless coward weasel f*ck. But I'm mean like that.

Irene Done said...

Dingus seems about right.

Once you make the decision that it's OK to fire someone via email, you really have lost something as a leader. Good luck motivating your workers! Good luck inspiring qualities like productivity, loyalty, or confidentiality! Good luck with those Maister "principles!"

Make the logo bigger said...

Irene, Sorry. Things have been slow lately. We’ve had to cut back. Check your email.

davidmaister said...

If I could give you your eight hours back, I would, Irene. But have you never tried to explore the merits of a counter-conventional idea?