Leadership Defense: Mastering Progressive Discipline and Structuring Terminations

  • 1h 59m
  • 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 to 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 Book

  • Introduction
  • Addressing Attitude Problems
  • Dealing with Excessive Swearing—Putting a Quick End to Bad Habits
  • Stopping Bullies in Their Tracks
  • Addressing Sexual Harassment
  • Culture Shift—Creating a Healthy and Respectful Work Environment
  • The Danger of Off-the-Record Conversations
  • Mediating Employee Disputes and the Art of Constructive Confrontation
  • Dealing with Gossips, Rumormongers, and Snitches
  • Addressing Body Odor Problems
  • Overcoming Unwillingness to Confront Problems Head-On
  • What is Progressive Discipline and How Does it Help both Companies and Workers?
  • Disciplining and Terminating Probationary Workers
  • Why is it so Hard for Leaders to Apply Progressive Discipline?
  • Preventing Mistakes when Documenting Discipline
  • Avoiding Employee “Pretaliation” against Unsuspecting Managers and Supervisors
  • Documentation Techniques and Strategies—Incident Descriptions, Performance Improvement Plans, and Outcomes and Consequences
  • An Alternative to Formal Corrective Action—“Letters of Clarification”
  • Decision-Making Leaves and Days of Contemplation—Dramatic Turnarounds without a Lot of Drama
  • Last-Chance Agreements in Conjunction with Final Written Warnings
  • Held Hostage by Underperformers—Strategic Group Turnarounds When a Team is on the Brink of Failure
  • Vetting the Record before Recommending Termination
  • Negotiating Separation Packages When no Progressive Discipline is on File
  • Summary Offenses (Immediate Discharge)
  • Terminations for Cause versus Resignations by Mutual Consent
  • Can an Employee Rescind a Verbal Resignation?
  • If We can't Terminate Someone, Can we Simply Lay Them Off?
  • Healing the Team after a Termination or Downsizing