Editor’s Note: Each week, Fast Company presents an advice column by Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay. Webb offers candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at [email protected] Q. I know I need to fire one of my employees. It’s my first firing. How do I do it? Dear Founder, I interviewed for my first management job at IBM when I was in my late twenties. My boss’s boss asked me if I could fire someone, and I replied, “Yes, but I will never have to.” He laughed in my face. Then he asked me why. I explained that most people wanted to do a good job and with the right coaching and the right manager they would blossom. Somehow, I still got the job. Now, several decades later, I’ve personally had to fire or lay off a fair amount of people—thousands if you count organizations that I managed. It’s never fun, but it’s … [Read more...] about A founders guide to firing someone for the first time
Thanks, internet, for offering up these companies' innovative products, passionate founders and ethical missions! Michele Romanow Published 9:00 am CST, Saturday, December 22, 2018 Photo: Handemandaci | Getty Images Photo: Handemandaci | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Handemandaci | Getty Images So, You Waited 'Til the Last Minute? 15 Great Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Entrepreneur. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery There’s nothing like finding the perfect holiday present. As a tech entrepreneur and investor on Dragons’ Den, I've been lucky enough to work with some of the most innovative ecommerce companies around. Every day, it seems, I learn about a … [Read more...] about So, You Waited ‘Til the Last Minute? 15 Great Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Entrepreneur.
Steven Pepple Detroit Free Press Published 12:30 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 The newly elected chairman of the Oakland County Republican Party is pledging to rebuild the organization after it suffered major losses in the November gubernatorial election to the Democrats. “As someone who has run for office, I know what Oakland County needs to do to become great again,” said Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski, a former state representative who made a failed attempt for Congress this year. “Our party can do much better in the 2020 election," Raczkowski said in a news release Monday. "We must do a better job of promoting the Republican core values that include lower taxes, more personal freedom and less government." Oakland County Republicans suffered major losses in the November election, which gave Democrats their first majority on the county Board of Commissioners in more than 40 years. Democrats also flipped two state Senate seats and two state … [Read more...] about GOP’s Raczkowski vows to make Oakland County ‘great again’
PUBLISHED: 16:43 16 December 2018 | UPDATED: 19:27 16 December 2018 The house where the person died in a fire in Yoxford Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH Archant A village in shock has vowed to do everything possible to support the family of a person who died in a tragic house fire. The scene of the house fire in Yoxford. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTHCommunity leaders in Yoxford spoke of the “great tragedy” of the blaze at the two-storey semi-detached house in Grove Side, off the High Street, where it is believed an elderly man lived with his dog.Neighbours tried to rescue the person inside when the fire broke out at around 5.20am on Saturday (December 15), with one resident said to have been beaten back by the ferocity of thick black smoke after going in on his hands and knees to try and rescue the person inside.The death is currently being treated as unexplained but a police officer at the scene said it is not being treated as suspicious.Russell Pearce, chairman of Yoxford Parish … [Read more...] about Sombre community vows to rally round after ‘great tragedy’ of house fire death
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