Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.
SHOW DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Our hire and fire of the week is Bengt Holst, Copenhagen Zoo director, who allowed the autopsy of a giraffe in front of a live audience, subsequently feeding the remains to the zoo’s lions.
Naturally, animal rights groups went ballistic and Holt was showered with death threats.
He responded by claiming that if it was a pig, nobody would have lifted an eyebrow.
But it wasn’t a pig. Holst didn’t think through how others would perceive the autopsy, and, as a consequence, his job (and technically his life) is now threatened. You have to consider how others will perceive your actions on the job before you act on them.
Truth be told, Holst is also our hire of the week.
The display was meant to show children the more visceral and non-Disney side of nature. He put real-world education above the threat of controversy.
Sometimes taking risks on the job under the threat of scrutiny will make you stand out from tepid co-workers who always play it safe. But there’s a thin line between smart risks and getting fired.