Eighteen months after AOL chief exec Tim Armstrong dismissed creative director Abel Lenz for taking photos at an “all-hands” meeting, former Patch editor Paul Petrone writes about what he calls “one of the worst firings in the history of corporate America.”
Why tell the story now?
“Because I think it should serve as a lesson of exactly what not to do” when firing an employee.
Today, I was going to write about the best way to fire someone, as it fits under the broad umbrella of human resource functions, which I primarily write about. But I realized I couldn’t do that without first writing about the worst way to fire someone, which I witnessed myself.
I guess my point to CEOs and managers alike is this – don’t fire people in front of 1,000 colleagues for no real reason. To put it mildly, it doesn’t help morale.
Earlier on JimRomenesko.com:
* “A Patch higher-up was bizarrely fired by Tim Armstrong this morning”
* AUDIO: Listen to Armstrong fire creative director Abel Lenz