Let me begin this post by stating I am 51 years old and have been in management for the past 25 years. I have hired and fired people for the bulk of my adult life and currently have direct and indirect supervision over 120 people. And I am well aware of Dave Brandon's professional accomplishments in the business world and have met him and heard him speak several times prior to his appointment as AD.
I am baffled, therefore, at his breaking of one of the oldest rules in management with his dismissal of RR last week. And that is you NEVER terminate an employee (unless terminating for cause) unless you have a superior replacement selected and ready to go when you do. To take out a person in a critical functioning capacity as well as his entire support staff without having the new HC ready to step in immediately is very dangerous and will make the subsequent transition period ripe with potential problems. For example my company recently completed an acquisition of a competing firm and and we wanted to take out their existing executive team but we didn't do it until we had recruited the replacements! Firing them before hand would've put every employee at flight-risk as they would have nowhere to turn for guidance and each of them would ask themselves "am I next?" This is such a basic and fundamental rule of management I cannot believe it was broken.
Which leads me to my original question. What exactly happened last Wednesday? How is it possible that RR wasn't fired, then he was the next day. This too is something you learn in management early on - never drag out the termination process. Fire them quickly, let them vent and then answer questions. You don't conduct a "Chinese water torture" on the person being let go. This rule seems to have been broken as well and I can't help but wonder why given Brandon's obvious experience in these matters.
I wonder if Rich did, in fact, get the ultimatum "fire all your defensive assistants and you can stay" and he refused. Many of us (myself included) theorized that DB would have such a conversation with RR at the end of the season and perhaps he did. And if he did and RR refused EVERYTHING that happened afterwards makes sense. DB would have to fire RR because he would be in defiance of his directive. The firing would be delayed a day as RR decided what to do. And DB might not have a "plan B" because he never imagined Rich wouldn't acquiesce to his demands for a new defensive staff.
What do you guys think?