Dear <<First Name>>,
Can You Fire Someone With Joy?
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To terminate someone’s employment, contract, or even just their project, means a certain amount of loss. It is after all, the end of something that did not turn out well. 

I’ve seen that it is normally not a happy occasion: not for the person doing the terminating, definitely not for the one being terminated! At best it can be a bittersweet occasion for one or both. 

But can there be any joy? 

During the process, or even afterwards?

Joy is much bigger and deeper than just the happiness of the moment. If you know that what you are doing is best for the person in the long run (if you are the one doing the firing), and you do it with respect and kindness—maintaining the other’s dignity—then this can become a place of joy. Joy in the sense that the person will be best served to move on, to be able to make a productive contribution elsewhere. Joy in the sense that the team will be best served with someone more productive filling the gap. 

For the person having to move on, joy will follow once they find the place where they can make their best contribution. It may take time and some hardship, but in the end it will bring both more happiness and eventually the joy we all yearn for.
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Thank you. Until next week!
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