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LYL #012 – How to Fire a Volunteer: 5 Guidelines to Remember During Tough Situations

Have you ever had to fire someone? Sometimes when you Live Your List you are in charge of huge organizations and events and need to let someone go. In this episode of The Live Your List Show your hosts Jerrod and Ryan give you five guidelines to follow if you need to fire a volunteer. 

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Five Guidelines to Remember When You Have to Fire a Volunteer

1. Focus on your strengths. This may seem a little to start with, but you have to stay true to who you are when the situation is tough. If you are loving and encouraging, don’t feel like you have to be hard and callous, but also don’t shy away from the hard truths.

2. Treat people differently. Every person you work with is completely different and you, as leader, should treat them as such. You have to understand what their background is, what there strengths are, what there weaknesses are, and handles them uniquely.

3. Remember your end goal. What is bigger than your biggest dream? Write that down. Then do it again. And again. And again. Do it until you can’t go any further. Example:

4. Ask questions first and often. The temptation is to come in early and often to fix, vent, or reprimand. Instead, focus on asking questions that can help you understand their issues and poor performance. 

5. The longer you wait the worse it gets. It may seem easy to ignore the situation or even delay the problem, but often the longer you wait the worse it becomes. When you know you must fire someone, do it as soon as possible. 

This Episode’s Nick Collison Picks of the Day

1. StandOut by Marcus Buckingham – StandOut, the revolutionary new book and online assessment tool from Marcus Buckingham, is the result of extensive research, statistical testing, and analysis of the world’s top performers.  From the coauthor of NowDiscover Your Strengths and the recognized leader of the strengths movement, StandOut unveils your top two Strength Roles and offers sharp, practical ideas that professionals and managers in any organization can use to find their edge and win at work.

This Episode’s Fired Up Quotes

“I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on national television would actually make me more popular, especially with the younger generation.” – Donald Trump (Tweet That)

“Don’t confuse your short-term problem with your long-term goal” – @jerrodmurr #LiveYourList (Tweet That)

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