Leroy, my long time mechanic has skin cancer and is no longer able to contend with having his hands coated with grease and oil, according to his doctor this aggravates his condition. He has been a loyal man, brilliant sometimes, down right dumb others. He had one thing that always mattered, always covered for any mistakes. He tried, he did not give up, he was optimistic. He will be tough to replace.
Employee "two", for obvious reasons I am not going to use his name, talented, experienced, trustworthy... now fired
Mr. Two Suffers from self doubt, lack of courage, mood swings, On any given day he is a big asset to my company. On any given day he is a huge liability, short tempered, and prone to just giving up. Probably two traits I can not stand.
I gave Mr. Two a lot of freedom to get his job done as best he saw fit, he was handed a set of goals, and the whatever he needed as far as resources he needed to get the job done. He was very well paid, for his line of work easily the top in his field.
With a ability to make decisions, I often went with whatever he thought best, I am not a micro manager. You give me results, even if your a pain in the ass, we will get a long fine.
Mr. Two had some trouble over the last few weeks with customers, good customers, long time customers. He managed to piss them off. Not the end of the world for me, but also not good.
On Thursday Mr. Two decided that he no longer wanted to do one aspect of his job... He was fired on the spot.
I am now looking for two new men. I am convinced the best way to find a good man is to interview him, see if he does know anything about the logging/welding business. In mid sentence, punch him in the gut, knock him down, if he comes up swinging, he has a job. If he does nothing, cowers, asks me why... Send him down the road.
I can teach just about anyone, how to do the necessary work. I can not teach them how to over come things they fear, or any of the other obstacles in life that everyone is faced with. A good man does his best no matter what, a good man does what's right, for no more reason than it is the right thing to do. Backed into a corner he comes out swinging. In todays business world this is what it takes
So the question is? If I knock you down, what are you going to do?