Unless you have a bit of a sadistic streak in you, telling an employee that their services are no longer needed is never quite as easy as Donald Trump makes it appear on his television show The Apprentice.
Who would have thought with all of his success in real estate development (and some monumental failures) that the phrase “You’re Fired” is what most of us now think when we hear his name.
Strip away the contestants, the audience, and the cameras. Change the setting to your place of business, and add your employee sitting across the table looking into your eyes. Even “The Donald” doesn’t relish in this very real event.
The Need to Fire Employees
In the Christian community, we all tend to be compassionate when it comes to firing people, and as a result, our churches, ministries, and religious media organizations are filled with people who are unqualified, unenthusiastic, and costing us money, time, and momentum.
Isn’t that so very true? I doubt that it would take any of us very long to start listing all of the people with whom we have worked that fit this category.
It’s hard enough as an entrepreneur to muster the will to resolve these issues, but for many of us it becomes almost impossible to do when we couple our Christianity and the compassion of Christ to this necessary act.
Did You Hear Who Broke Up?
No, I’m not talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolee. In his post, Phil reminds us of the break up of the great missionary team of Paul and Barnabas.
This was no small break up. This missionary team was the dynamic duo of the early church. They were like Billy Graham … times two.
The reason I am pointing this out is that you may miss how important of a team this was when you read Phil’s post. This was a very bad break up which, as far as we can tell, led to Paul and Barnabas never reconciling.
This was all over Barnabas’s desire to be compassionate with regards to John Mark clashing with Paul seeing the need to “fire” him to make their ministry better.
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
It’s a fascinating post and I like the conclusions he draws in it. So, why are you sticking around here?
Go check out Phil Cooke’s post, The Need to Fire Employees.