In a moment of anger, AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong publicly fired one of his employees and news of it went viral. Whether the reason for the termination was justified or not, reacting emotionally and angrily to an employee’s behavior, without carefully thinking through the implications, often results in a bad outcome. Firing an employee in front of hundreds of other employees is never a smart move. Armstrong later apologized.
When you fire someone, regardless of the reason, you are taking away their livelihood. Never take it lightly; never do it without a lot of thought; never do it in a moment of anger; and absolutely, never do it in front of other employees.
There were apparently a lot of legitimate reasons why Armstrong fired the employee. How he did it was wrong.
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