Over my 30 plus year career in the financial services industry, I have hired many people. Unfortunately, I have had to dismiss employees for several reasons particularly for their poor job performance. Irrespective of the reason for their dismissal, I brought them into my office, eye to eye to professionally discuss their job performance and the reasons for their dismissal. In addition, I would discuss with them the positive side of their nature, skills, and sometimes offer a perspective on a different career path they may be more suited.
Either I gave these soon to be ex-employees the motivation to find their true calling, or the motivation to do better in their current position albeit at a different company.
Sometimes these individuals confessed they understood and gracefully departed the company even thanking me for the discussion. Others, not so much. But what was important to me as a manager was these people were given the opportunity to tell me why should stay and at least leave with their dignity intact. After all, none of us are immune to losing our jobs even if we are the president.
A public firing
Can you imagine what it must feel like to be in the public eye because of your job title and not be the first one outside the human resources department to learn you have been fired from your job?
While I do not have an opinion whether James Comey should have been fired from his position as FBI Director, I do believe he deserved to hear of his dismissal first and foremost in the president’s office by President Trump, and not on national television. President Trump should have known and probably did know of Director Comey’s whereabouts, and in my opinion as a manager and as an American citizen, President Trump took the coward’s way out by dashing off poorly written “Your Fired!” letter to Mr. Comey.
A public embarrassment
I don’t know what Mr. Comey felt when he realized his firing wasn’t a prank or how he is feeling now about his dismissal as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but he’s not who should be embarrassed. President Trump continues to be an embarrassment to the United States. President Trump has demonstrated not only throughout his campaign for office, but since his inauguration that is he a man without compassion, character, and is wholly un-presidential. Irrespective of his executive orders and policies, his behavior is unacceptable in both the corporate and public service environment.
A public outcry
It has been the nation’s desire to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C. But it is up to the American people to trade our contempt for compassion not for those who have taken our electoral votes and twisted them into something altogether different, but for each other to stand indivisible for liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, it will not be the draining of corrupt and unscrupulous politicians in Washington D.C. but the draining of the United State’s dignity.