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The Most Painless Way to Fire an Employee

It's not an easy process, and you should strive to be direct and compassionate throughout it.

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy discusses how to let an underperforming employee go.

Tracy describes jobs as evolving positions, ones that may require more responsibilities along the way. In this sense, a job that was described one way during the hiring process may expand into new areas; similarly, an employee who seemed promising in the beginning may reveal himself to be different after he has worked at the company some time.

It's important to keep in mind that who you choose to keep and who you choose to hire will come to define what your company stands for.

Click the video to hear all of Brian Tracy's steps for letting an employee go. 

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Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He is the leading coach on the topics of Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology. Throughout his 40+ year career, Brian has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. He is the top selling author of over 70 books, including Eat That Frog, a New York Times Best Selling book. In addition to this, he has written and produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 28 languages.

To learn more about Brian Tracy, please visit www.briantracy.com/entrepreneurmag.