FIRE OF THE WEEK: FOX NEWS ANCHOR MEGYN KELLY

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SHOW DATE: DECEMBER 18, 2013

Unless you’ve been shriveling under a rock, you know Megan Kelly’s story. The gist is, she said something stupid about Santa being white and that people should deal with it, which, of course, created a firestrorm. She tried to mitigate the situation by saying she was just kidding.

What she should have done—and you can apply this directly to your job—was apologize. By saying she was joking, she was effectively telling her audience: “YOU are the problem because you didn’t understand my joke.”

Lying on the job to get out of trouble just makes you look like an untrustworthy fool.

Friedrich Nietzsche put it quite nicely: “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

 

FIRE OF THE WEEK: SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

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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: OCTOBER 23, 2013

Kathleen Sebelius is the government official in charge of rolling out the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov.

The website has been a debacle of the utmost magnitude since launch.

Last week, we talked about something called magical thinking. That’s when you believe all your problems are going to magically disappear if you just stick your head in the sand and hope for the best. Sebelius is this week’s magical thinker.

Instead of apologizing for the glitchy website, asserting responsibility and giving a veritable time frame for fixing the project, she is just sidestepping the glaring issues at hand by iterating the plan’s benefits and defending herself from criticism.

You will be so much more powerful on your job if you take ownership of your mistakes. If you act like Kathleen, refuse to take responsibility and stick your head in the sand, you will look like a fool.

FIRE OF THE WEEK: OCCUPY WALL STREET

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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: SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

Happy two-year anniversary Occupy Wall Street! Huh, what’s that you say? You’re still occupying? How’s that going for you? Honestly, we had no idea…

Well, to be fair, nobody did. And the reason is simple: nobody’s in charge. There’s no leader or central organizer or anything.

We’re firing OWS because they’re all talk, no action, no solution. They’re not living in the real world. They actually had a good message two years ago. But it’s hard to get on board with the messenger when he’s not reporting back to anyone.

Without a head, OWS is going for the lowest common denominator. The absence of a leader means that nobody is willing to step up. And when you can’t step up for your cause, you’re living in fear.

Even when you have a great idea and you make a solid point, without a leader who embodies that point and carries the message, all you going to receive is a resounding “meh.”

More importantly, the absence of a leader means you don’t have a successor. And without a successor, the organization can’t go on. This is where OWS really shot itself in the foot.

Any successful employee knows he must create a legacy. If you’re on a team, or you’re a supervisor or boss, and you’re getting promoted or moving on, you better leave your work space and job ready and powerful for the next guy.

If you leave everything in a state for mediocrity, you’re not a leader, you’re a loser. And that’s precisely what OWS is.