Our CEO wants to dismiss one of our managers as he has had enough of his incompetence. He does not want to go through any process – he says that it will take too long and there is no point as we will end up paying him something to go away anyway.
His plan is to take the manager to Starbucks, tell him that he is fired and then bring him back to the office to clear his desk. I can’t change our CEO’s mind but what can I do?
This is surprisingly common – although maybe not the Starbucks part. The key is to do what you can beforehand to put the company in the best possible position in settlement negotiations:
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