Helping small business owners close the revolving door by cultivating empowered leaders and dedicated teams

Audra Byrne, Leadership Strategist
Audra Byrne
Leadership Strategist

Letting an employee go? Consider this before you do.

It’s time to hire someone new.

You’ve spent countless hours and money trying to find “the right” person to do the job. And you’re still in the same place, spinning your wheels.

You’re looking for someone to knock it out of the park. The one who’ll take your business to the next level. 

Then you’ll fire the one who you’ve tried tirelessly to get to do things your way. They just don’t get it.

But what if who you can’t wait to get rid of is the one? Instead of thinking “wrong fit” try this, think “right person, wrong role.” 

Let’s look at your stagnant employee through a different lens.

  1. Do you know what they like or dislike about the current role?
  2. What do they like to do outside of work?
  3. What do they want to learn more about?
  4.  How do they learn best?

Are you wondering why you’d even bother to do this when you’ve got too many other things to do? 

Finding the perfect person for a job isn’t about how they present on the outside. It’s about igniting in them what they live for on the inside.

If you’re employee can’t pull off sales for example, stop in your tracks and revaluate. Don’t let them go until you consider this: wrong person or wrong role?

And if you can’t figure it out yourself, take half an hour and ask them.

The answers may burst your ego a bit, maybe frustrate you. But they’ll bring clarity which turns into growth for both of you.

Your Do It Today Take Away

Your “Do It Today” Take Away:

Don’t get rid of a “wrong fit” employee until you give them a second look. Sit down, ask questions off the standard interview grid. Find out more about what’s inside. 

As an owner, employees tell you what you want to hear. Get them to tell you what you want to know. 

  1. Try this: “Describe something that gets you amped when you do it.” 
  2. “Describe a talent you’ve got that gives you energy when you use it.”

Their answer may hold the key to their right role. Maybe the role already exists, maybe you’ll create it for them. 

But if it’s the right one for them, you’ll feel it and your profits and growth will show it.

Check out these 5 strong traits that show up in an employee who’s in the right role doing the right things for you.


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