1. “The superstar” – someone with a particular set of technical or functional skills who doesn’t play well with others and doesn’t respect the rest of the team members. Someone who causes issues, tension and problems. Remember, a rotten apple will spoil the entire basket. They have to go.
2. “The lifer” – someone who has been with the organization for decades and has stopped performing and contributing nearly that long ago. Longevity is a great thing, but finding loopholes and taking advantage of familiar environment is not. They have to go.
3. “Mr. Nice guy (or Mrs. Nice gal)” – someone who is nice to everyone which is wonderful, but yet it doesn’t do any actual work and doesn’t contribute to the overall business growth or success. I have met plenty of nice people, many of who I consider to be my friends today with whom I would gladly go out for lunch, dinner or drinks, but we don’t work together if they can’t carry their own weight. They have to go.
Once again, each of these individuals should be first given an opportunity to level up and meet you at the new level of performance, new standards and should be given an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas in private. However, waiting for someone to “join” the team and contribute has a “date of expiration” and at that point in time, they have to go.
What’s the 4th or 5th type of employees who should go that I haven’t mentioned in this video?