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Delegation Dip Part 3: Firing


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We all have limits to what we can tolerate… and what we can’t.

Once, I was working with a director who went into a tailspin if the grapes at snack time weren’t sliced. Whenever she saw that a staff member had forgotten to slice them, she would react with panic and anger. 

While un-sliced grapes may not bother everyone to such a degree, they pushed this director to her limits.

Whether it’s fruit that’s not cut or showing up late to meetings, everyone has different limits and triggers, and it’s important to be aware of what they are—not just for your own sake but for the sake of your team and center.

Your triggers can cause you to react harshly out of the blue, pushing your team and staff into a state of hypervigilance. And once they’ve entered that state, they’re more likely to make mistakes with the important tasks you delegate. 

This can lead you to think they’re not fit for the role when, in reality, they just might need more patience and guidance to be successful.

So, how do you know when it’s really time to fire someone?

This week’s podcast episode is the final in a three-part series exploring the Delegation Dip and how you as a leader can respond—rather than react—to this phenomenon. This week, I’m talking about how your triggers may be causing you to fire quality team members too early and what you can do about it.

Join me for a conversation about:

  • How the “hire slow, fire fast” paradigm lacks the nuance of reality
  • Understanding the triggers that may cause you to overreact to performance
  • How to know if you’re firing too quickly
  • The difference between standards and expectations


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