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It’s naughty time….


The naughty boy is back, oh yes he is.

You may remember that we had a naughty situation that I wrote about before, which led to disciplinary action after a long and tortuous conversation with the CEO. Last week it was roosting time at the turkey ranch.

I get a call from the naughty boy he wants to see me “off the record”. Now one – my door is always open, but two – there is no such thing as off the record. Not with naughty boys.

He comes and sits and tells me that his position has become untenable, that he can’t see anyway back and…..that he wants to come to an amicable arrangement. He continues to make his case. At the end I ask him, “are you saying that you are going to resign and claim constructive dismissal?” he answers that he wants to part amicably.

Now the issue here is that we don’t really want the old duffer to go. He has value, he has a contribution to make. He has just been a very naughty boy. And we certainly don’t want to pay him to go….that’s just counter intuitive.

I go back and tell him we want to work with him to rectify his behaviours, to facilitate a good working relationship.

The email I receive over the weekend is something to behold. The demand is we agree to …..remove the warning and pay him £100k to leave, by midday……OR……he is going to make a few calls and look for a new job.

Pause. Read that again. Look for the flaw in the negotiation strategy……Find it?

Oh Buddha……..he copied in CEO…….

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Theo permalink
    06/09/2009 08:38

    Do you know, HRD, thick as I am, I think I've spotted it. Let me guess what your next move is. Sit back. Have a cup of tea, and maybe one of those nice chocolate biscuits. "Let" is the most important word in any aspiring zen master's vocabulary.

  2. Corporate Daycare permalink
    06/09/2009 14:21

    Well that was easy. Don't you wish that everything was that obvious?

  3. Theo permalink
    06/10/2009 07:21

    Everything is that obvious.

  4. HRD permalink
    06/12/2009 08:38

    @Theo – Remarkable really, although I think its dawning on him that he might have made a booboo. More to come

    @Corporate Daycare – Sometimes the nerve of people amazes ma…and he genuinely thought we were going to go for it…

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