Friday, July 26, 2013

Disciplinary Conversation: It's Not About You

"Are you kidding me? It was a screw-up, but it wasn't the sort of thing that justifies termination."

"I would normally agree, but the lawyers are nervous."

"The lawyers are always nervous."

"They think someone could make something of it."

"Someone can make something of anything. So tell me never to do it again. You know I won't."

"I'd like to do that, but the lawyers say it would look weak."

"But termination is completely out of proportion. It was a minor incident."

"Yeah, but the lawyers are saying that we can't treat it that way. They say we have to use a sledge hammer to swat a fly."

"I'll overlook the 'fly' part but what I hear you saying is that what I did is not really the issue. The issue is how you all will be perceived later."

"It's not about you. It's about us."

"This sounds like a break-up."

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