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Hire Slow, Fire Fast
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Georges Levesque is an entrepreneur, speaker and founding partner in Levesque & Associates, a Montreal-based Negotiation Expertise firm focused on negotiation seminars, advisory services, keynote presentations and negotiation coaching.
He began as an entrepreneur in 1992 selling leather goods to the luggage, handbag and wallet market. Following numerous years of growth, his company merged with Mundi Canada in 2001 creating one of the largest companies in the industry. The corporation was successfully sold in 2004. For almost a decade Georges was a Vice-President of Sales and Senior Vice-President of Global Business Development for EF Education, the world’s largest private educational organization with over 46,000 staff in 57 countries. He continues to work with EF through new product offerings.
Georges is trained in advanced negotiations and business strategy from both the MIT School of Entrepreneurship and the Harvard Business School. He is a former board member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), and has traveled to over 100 countries. He is an Award of Merit winner with the Acacia International Fraternity and a member of Air Canada’s One Million Miles Club.
Georges Levesque is a business graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and is fluent in English & French. He currently resides in Montreal and Boston and has two children, Cassandra & Luke.
Hire Slow, Fire Fast.
When you start thinking about firing an employee, how long does it take you to actually do it? According to Georges Levesque, your rationalization of the decision means the writing was on the wall for months and you chose to ignore it.
Oh yes, you already knew that you should take your time recruiting but act fast when letting an employee go. Of course you knew it.
But do you actually walk the walk?
An average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the individual’s first-year potential earnings. Add to that the impact a low performer or someone with the wrong attitude has on the rest of the team, and the result on the bottom line and your culture is obvious. Yet, hiring feels good, it’s an achievement of sorts, so making a quick gut decision feels natural. Firing is, of course, the opposite – a heavy feeling, almost a personal failure, and so – something we tend to dread.
George Levesques doesn’t! After many years of building, managing and restructuring teams nationwide, his approach to letting an employee go is faultless and emotion-free. George is direct. He might make you feel uncomfortable. But spoiler alert: hear him out and you might get an itch to clean up your own team!