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The Candid, Commendable Way to Announce You Were Just Fired

  1. 1. THE CANDID, COMMENDABLE WAY TO TELL PEOPLE YOU WERE JUST FIRED (OR JUST FIRED SOMEONE) JONATHAN RICK THE JONATHAN RICK GROUP
  2. 2. Not This Way
  3. 3. “Today, the success of Android, combined with the strength of our management team, gives me the confidence to step away from Android and hand over the reins.” —Andy Rubin, Google
  4. 4. This Way
  5. 5. “I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding—I was fired today.” —Andrew Mason, Groupon
  6. 6. “No soft landing, no happy ending—we simply failed.” —Chris Poole, DrawQuest
  7. 7. “While our overarching goals are similar, Jim, John and I have agreed to disagree over the strategy for achieving those goals. There is no acrimony and no drama—simply an acceptance by the three of us that the dynamics were just not there for us to function seamlessly.” —Rick Berke, Politico
  8. 8. “Our sites are allergic to corporate boilerplate, so I’m going to be explicit. Chris and I diverge seriously over strategy.” —Nick Denton, Gawker Media
  9. 9. “Geoff is a real talent and one of the smartest thinkers in our editorial group, but unfortunately did not integrate well with the structure both within his team and the company as a whole.” —Joel Johnson, Gawker Media
  10. 10. “For reasons which I’m not too clear on … I am being replaced as editor-in-chief of Gawker. Honesty is Gawker’s only virtue, so it seems inappropriate to engage in the usual corporate euphemisms … so I’ll put this as plainly as we’d report any other masthead ouster: I am being canned.” —Gabriel Snyder, Gawker Media
  11. 11. What’d I Miss? Let me know at @jrick!

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