- General scolding for a public firing at AOL.
- But CEOs get publicly fired all the time.
- Double standard? It's the paycheck.
- What's the first public firing in media biz?
Quite the little spectacle over at AOL this week, no? The CEO, Tim Armstrong, dismissed one of his directors in the middle of a conference with about 1,000 employees. It was pretty abrupt and prompted a bunch of headlines suggesting that, well, it was kind of a jerky thing to do.
"The CEO showed lack of control and let his feelings overwhelm his better judgment," said Raj Echambadi, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Business. "People expect CEOs to demonstrate control at all times, especially while leading poorly performing companies."
Indeed, human resource experts generally put a premium on preserving an employee's dignity, even if you're giving him or her the ax.