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The Truth About Managing Change: The Essential Truths in 20 Minutes by William S. Kane

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TRUTH 7 If you must “right-size,” do it the right way

The term right-size has negative connotations—seen as corporate doublespeak.

The managerial actions associated with this exercise—namely informing one of your team members that her position has been eliminated—are the toughest and most distressing part of your job.

Perhaps this is why many managers reduce staff so poorly. They prefer to avoid related decisions and discussions until the last possible moment—hoping that someone else may have to deal with it, there might be a last-minute change in plans, or the matter may somehow otherwise “go away.”

To help with this endeavor, there are some things to keep in mind.

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