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Is This a New Trend – the Public Firing of Employees?

The CEO of AOL made news – the kind he didn’t want – when he fired the creative director of Patch, the local news service AOL runs for hundreds of towns.

Oh, and did I mention, he fired Abel Lenz on a conference call with 1,000 employees. CEO Tim Armstrong was describing the planned layoffs at the under-performing Patch. More than once he tells employees they should quit the company if they think this is a “joke.”

The public firing takes place at about the 2-minute mark, in the video below, in which he stops to say, “Abel, put that camera down right now! Abel, you’re fired. Out!”  Naturally, Twitter was on fire with comments on the hashtag #timarmstrong.

A Public Apology

The public brouhaha forced Armstrong to issue an apology to employees (which went public, of course) in which he said, Read More→