I know what I do. I throw the two most unlikely to survive people overboard so that the rest might have a chance to live.
Being thrown to the sharks or having to throw someone to the sharks is quite the unpleasant experience. I've, of course, experienced both.
Sometimes, when running a company or deciding what is best for your life and/or your family. The best decision is the most unpopular one.
Today, I had to terminate the contracts for two people at my company. Did I want to do it? No, of course not. But I had to.
Even so, and even though I explained to the remaining staff the reasons why and what for, a few people are very upset and complained.
I don't know why they don't think of their own families well-being first. Many times, Japanese people want to run a company like one big happy family.
But even big families have crisis moments and some difficult decisions have to be made by management, er, I mean mommy and daddy.
The health of the company must take priority over the well-being of one or two people. It has to be that way.
Well, yeah. But if you don't stop moping about your
departed co-workers, then I give you guys one big
guess as to who is next? This is not a Communist corporation.
Even though, it is quite obvious what the motivations were... I can't understand how some of the people remaining can complain. If the company fails, which is very possible, then there are no jobs for anyone. And, that, of course, includes the remaining five people. I asked them if they would all agree to share a 50% pay cut (I would take the same) and split the money up amongst the two terminated people so that they can remain at the company.
Of course, they all said, "No!"
It's easy to be valiant and caring for people when you are using other people's money, I suppose. There's a huge difference between having a jaw bone and a back bone.
The boss has to have a back bone.
Making tough decisions like this is one of the difficult parts of being a company owner or even being a parent.
For example, naturally, the kids don't want to go to the dentist to fix a cavity, but as the so-called responsible person (daddy in my case) someone has to make the unpopular decisions. Like it or not, they have to go.
A great leader will be able to get the understanding of all.
Unfortunately, it seems that it will take me a while to be a great leader. In the meantime, today, I am definitely not a very popular guy....
If you are interested in this subject, may I suggest reading Jim Collins seminal works, "Built to Last" and "Good to Great."