Is it time to part ways?

By Aaron Skonnard on March 31, 2015
Nearly half of new hires fail within 18 months, according to Leadership IQ. This means that all leaders should be prepared to make some mistakes when it comes to choosing talent for their teams.

My post this week on focuses on “When You Know It's Time to Part Ways.” Whether an employee fails to perform up to par, has a poor attitude, or is a mismatch with the company's values, you need to recognize when to cut your losses and how to do so with a minimum of disruption to the rest of the team.

The column highlights three ways that leaders can make the difficult task of letting someone go clearer and easier for everyone involved. These include:

  • Being clear about your values, emphasizing cultural fit over competency.

  • Trusting your gut and acting quickly when the facts are clear.

  • Enlisting your team to help protect the company's core values by holding people accountable after identifying poor culture fits.

While letting someone go is never easy, being willing to confront the situation sooner rather than later can help make the kind of difference that-as author Jim Collins points out-separates the good companies from the great ones.

Read the full post here.

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Aaron Skonnard

Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS), a fast-growing enterprise technology learning platform. Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 1,000 employees and 1,500 expert authors. As CEO, Aaron focuses on business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, he works closely with the entire executive team in different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning and content acquisition.