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Ask DR.JOB Q and A: Get Rid of Lame Duck

Q.1 I JUST HAD TO FIRE the woman I hired to run a branch of our company in another city. When I hired her last year I thought she was the perfect leader, but after monitoring her closely these last two months I realize she hasn't done any of the real heavy lifting necessary to move her division forward. After several warning, I decided I had to let her go and after showing her all the problems, gave her a month's notice. Now I learn she's been "bad mouthing" me and my company to people in that office. She's also been contacting some of our clients to complain about me. How do I end this mess now? She still has two weeks left.

A.NO SHE DOESN'T. SHE IS OUT THE DOOR AT END OF DAY. It doesn't matter how much you paid her for the next two weeks. You can't afford to keep her. Lame ducks are like a spot of ink in a glass of pure water, they totally discolor it. Also make sure the files are deleted from her computers before you give her the walking papers.

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Put Head Down--Do As Told