Fire 'Em!(elischiff.com)

over 6 years ago from Eli Schiff, elischiff.com

  • Luca Candela, over 6 years ago

    Eli is completely off base, and it's sad to me to see that Mike's completely obvious and necessary message is getting lost. Design professionals should stop looking at their own navel and start collaborating with the business, not against it.

    And yes, I've worked and managed with a few designers that would get confrontational about business calls that weren't theirs to make, and I ended up firing them: best decision ever, the people that replaced them did great work, and helped me get home in time to be with my family.

    12 points
    • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      I agree that there are certain problem behaviors that designers and their managers need to watch out for. Those behaviors should be addressed with training if possible. Afterward, if all efforts to correct the problem fail, and the problem is continuing to interfere with the smooth operation of the business, management should consider whether termination is warranted.

      Firing people isn’t something that should be done gleefully. It’s not a chant. That’s just mean. Mike is taking an unfortunate last resort and reducing it to something to shout out reflexively at the first sign of difficulty. I’m sure he doesn’t mean any harm by it, but in my opinion it’s not a helpful way to approach the topic.

      10 points
    • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      Mike takes valid points and from them creates an inexcusably vitriolic atmosphere. Frankly, if he has problems with his employees as commonly as would be necessitated by having given this presentation, he should probs consider better screening so as to avoid later disappointment, rather than bitching about his bad experiences later.

      6 points