Leadership Defense: Mastering Progressive Discipline and Structuring Terminations

  • 3h 19m 41s
  • Paul Falcone
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2022

Greatly reduce the stress of managing a team with this quick and reliable information on how to correctly master—both legally and ethically—progressive discipline and structured termination, from the leading voice in HR expertise.

This resource takes the highly complicated subjects of progressive employee discipline and structured terminations—actions that can be rife with legal issues and paperwork—and breaks down the process for HR professionals and managers into easy-to-understand steps.

Chock-full of wisdom from Paul Falcone, a renowned expert on labor & employment law and business decision-making and problem-solving, this book answers questions ranging from basic to sophisticated, including:

  • Why should I conduct an exit interview?
  • How do I protect my company from negligent hiring claims?
  • How do I terminate a long-term employee with a history of positive performance evaluations?
  • And much, much more.

Each question is followed by an easy-to-implement solution, making this book perfect both as a concise overview and as a practical reference.

About the Author

Paul Falcone is CHRO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, CA, and he's held senior-level HR positions with Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and City of Hope. He has extensive experience in entertainment, healthcare/biotech, and financial services, including in international, nonprofit, and union environments.

Paul is the author of a number of bestselling HarperCollins, AMACOM, and SHRM Books, many of which have been ranked as bestsellers in the categories of human resources management, labor & employment law, business mentoring & coaching, communication in management, and business decision-making and problem-solving. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Turkish.

Paul is also a long-term contributor to HR Magazine, a top-rated conference presenter, and an adjunct faculty member in UCLA Extension's School of Business and Management.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Addressing Attitude Problems
  • Chapter 2 - Dealing with Excessive Swearing: Putting a Quick End to Bad Habits
  • Chapter 3 - Stopping Bullies in Their Tracks
  • Chapter 4 - Addressing Sexual Harassment
  • Chapter 5 - Culture Shift: Creating a Healthy and Respectful Work Environment
  • Chapter 6 - The Danger of Off-the-Record Conversations
  • Chapter 7 - Mediating Employee Disputes and the Art of Constructive Confrontation
  • Chapter 8 - Dealing with Gossips, Rumormongers, and Snitches
  • Chapter 9 - Addressing Body Odor Problems
  • Chapter 10 - Overcoming Unwillingness to Confront Problems Head-On
  • Chapter 11 - What Is Progressive Discipline and How Does It Help Both Companies and Workers?
  • Chapter 12 - Disciplining and Terminating Probationary Workers
  • Chapter 13 - Why Is It So Hard for Leaders to Apply Progressive Discipline?
  • Chapter 14 - Preventing Mistakes When Documenting Discipline
  • Chapter 15 - Avoiding Employee "Pretaliation" Against Unsuspecting Managers and Supervisors
  • Chapter 16 - Documentation Techniques and Strategies: Incident Descriptions, Performance Improvement Plans, and Outcomes and Consequences
  • Chapter 17 - An Alternative to Formal Corrective Action: "Letters of Clarification"
  • Chapter 18 - Decision-Making Leaves and Days of Contemplation: Dramatic Turnarounds Without a Lot of Drama
  • Chapter 19 - Last-Chance Agreements in Conjunction with Final Written Warnings
  • Chapter 20 - Held Hostage by Underperformers: Strategic Group Turnarounds When a Team Is on the Brink of Failure
  • Chapter 21 - Vetting the Record Before Recommending Termination
  • Chapter 22 - Negotiating Separation Packages When No Progressive Discipline Is on File
  • Chapter 23 - Summary Offenses <Immediate Discharge>
  • Chapter 24 - Terminations for Cause Versus Resignations by Mutual Consent
  • Chapter 25 - Can an Employee Rescind a Verbal Resignation?
  • Chapter 26 - If We Can't Terminate Someone, Can We Simply Lay Them Off?
  • Chapter 27 - Healing the Team After a Termination or Downsizing