Published July 2020 on YouTube

376: How to Fire Someone You Care About | Feedback Friday

1. Introduction

Jordan Harbinger shares insights from his conversations with brilliant people, helping listeners become better informed and critical thinkers.+

2. Tough Employee Decisions

Layoff Dilemma:Jordan and Gabriel discuss a difficult situation where a manager has to lay off an employee due to the pandemic. The employee is an expat and will face visa issues if laid off, which makes the decision even harder. The hosts explore the ethical considerations and the loyalty the manager owes to the company and the employee.+
Tough Employee Decisions:Gabriel and Jordan discuss the difficult decisions that come with being in a position of authority and the guilt that can come with it. They offer advice on how to weigh the different variables at play when making tough calls, including looking at the employee's situation and performance separately.+
Tough Employee Decisions:Jordan and Gabriel discuss the tough decisions employers face when deciding whether to let go of a new employee or a more senior employee. They emphasize the importance of considering company values and individual performance beyond seniority.+
Helping a Struggling Employee:Gabriel and Jordan discuss how to handle a struggling employee who may need to be let go. They emphasize the importance of compassion and support, including giving advanced notice and providing referrals to help the employee find a new job.+
Job Interview Precautions:Jordan advises Gabriel on how to approach handshakes and face masks during a job interview in the pandemic. He suggests bringing a mask, wipes, and sanitizer spray, and erring on the side of caution. First impressions are important, so it's better to look professional and cautious than reckless.+
Face Mask Communication:Jordan shares insights on how face masks affect communication and how to compensate for the lack of facial cues in professional and personal environments.+
Making Good First Impressions:Gabriel and Jordan discuss how to make a good first impression in the era of COVID-19. They suggest acknowledging the awkwardness and making a joke about it to show that you are chill, funny, and relaxed.+

3. Sponsors

Jordan and Peter discuss the benefits of SimpliSafe for home security and HostGator for website creation, emphasizing the importance of user-friendly technology and professional online presence.+

4. Writing Growth

Overcoming Writing Paranoia:Gabriel and Jordan discuss the fear of being vulnerable in writing and how it can hold you back from growth. They share their own experiences with perfectionism and paranoia, and offer reassurance that having your work judged intensely can be a sign that you're doing something right.+
Creator's Wisdom:Gabriel shares wisdom for creators, advising them to embrace the fact that their old work will eventually suck as they get better. He recommends seeking feedback from trusted sources to avoid unnecessary embarrassment down the road. If you find yourself cringing at something you've written, you can always tell your own story and revise your earlier views.+
Learning from Mistakes:Jordan shares his philosophy on making mistakes out loud and how it applies to language learning and personal growth. Making mistakes out loud helps people learn faster and showcase their growth over time.+
Growth and Change:Jordan and Gabriel discuss the discomfort of looking back on old work and the importance of personal growth and change. They encourage listeners to embrace the discomfort and keep moving forward.+

5. Reconnecting After Sobriety

Reconnecting After Sobriety:Gabriel asks for advice on how to reconnect with old contacts after getting sober. Jordan suggests reaching out and apologizing to those he may have wronged, and also catching up with those he may not have wronged but lost touch with. Jordan shares his own experience with apologizing to people he had wronged in the past and how it felt good to get things off his chest.+
Closing the Loop:Jordan and Gabriel discuss the importance of making amends and closing the loop on past interactions without mixing motivations or coming across as disingenuous. They advise against using apologies as an opportunity to network and stress the rewards of making amends for its own sake.+
Reconnecting with Weak Ties:Jordan and Gabriel discuss the importance of weak and dormant network ties in networking. They also provide advice on how to apologize to someone you have wronged in the past. Genuine remorse and separating the apology from any ulterior motive are key.+

6. Sponsors

Jordan Harbinger shares insights on how to manage your business with NetSuite, the world's number one cloud business system. He also talks about the benefits of signing up for Progressive Auto Insurance and how customers can save up to 12 percent on their auto.+

7. Scams and Improvement

Currency Exchange MLM:Gabriel seeks advice from Jordan on how to handle his brother's involvement in a currency exchange MLM after leaving Amway. Jordan explains the deceptive nature of MLMs and the low success rate, offering insights on how to approach the conversation with his hot-tempered brother.+
Scam Mindset:Jordan explains how scammers exploit victim's weaknesses and mindset, looking for people who are insecure, vain, desperate, and looking for shortcuts. He also discusses the wrong question to ask when it comes to scams, and advises listeners to focus on the mindset of scam victims rather than the logic of any particular scam.+
MLM Scams Exposed:Jordan and Gabriel discuss the insidious nature of MLM scams, how they prey on people's desperation and lack of experience, and how they can damage relationships with family and friends. They emphasize the importance of avoiding these predatory schemes and exposing them for what they are.+
Scam Victims' Self-Confidence:Jordan explains that people who repeatedly fall for scams lack self-confidence and prefer to live in a fantasy of success rather than facing their current reality. Scammers prey on this lack of confidence and sell tricks that don't exist, taking advantage of their victims' insecurities.+
Mastering Podcasting:Jordan discusses how podcasting is a set of skills and how he constantly strives to improve his interviewing abilities, despite being recognized as a top interviewer.+
Improving Expertise:Jordan and Gabriel discuss how gaining expertise in a given area can expose new areas for improvement, leading to feelings of discouragement. However, as you work to improve in these areas, you can eventually reach the level of those you admire.+
The Irony of Improvement:Jordan and Gabriel discuss the irony of improving any craft or skill, and how it can be both inspiring and humbling. They use examples from famous artists to illustrate how even the most successful people have areas for improvement, and how it's important to keep working on every little skillset to continue growing.+

8. Outro

Jordan shares his tips on managing relationships and networking effectively, emphasizing the importance of building relationships before you need them. He also highlights the Six-Minute Networking course that he uses and recommends to his audience.+