The Whine Line Procotol, Big Red Car? Do tell.
So, your Big Red Car was engaged in a bit of discussion and blog reading in which the subject of how to deal with problem hires or heretics — do not dig that word in this context — was bandied about.
A couple of things came to light, but the most important is this — dealing with employees both good and not so good is a normal part of CEOing.
Your generation did not invent sex or business; dealing with less than perfect employees is not a problem unique to your outfit. It is just a normal part of CEOing, and you got that gig.
Employees are dynamic. Your star marketing person may become your challenge and vice versa. Here are you and the employees on good days.
It is all just part of running a team, a company, CEOing. It is normal and you don’t need to be firing people for a little whining. The challenge is to keep the whining within a tolerable level.
That requires you to develop your own personal Whine Line Protocol.