PPP 408 | When You Have to Deliver Bad News, Fire Someone, or Deal With A Dysfunctional Boss, with author Paul Falcone

Total Duration 46:51

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In this episode, Andy welcomes Paul Falcone to discuss his book The First-Time Manager: Leading Through Crisis. The conversation dives into common challenges faced by managers such as performance conversations, dealing with dysfunctional teams or bosses, and navigating situations like having to fire an employee or dealing with a younger (or older) manager scenario. Whether you're a new manager or been around for a while, there's insight in this episode for you.


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:38 Start of Interview
  • 03:02 Dealing with Performance Issues
  • 10:10 Terminating Employment
  • 13:54 Delivering Bad News
  • 19:02 When You Have a Dysfunctional Boss
  • 24:08 Empowering Leadership: Building a Creative and Innovative Team
  • 26:04 Turning Around a Dysfunctional Team
  • 28:15 The Fall Off the Planet Test
  • 30:14 Earning Respect as a Young Manager
  • 34:26 Addressing Profanity in the Workplace
  • 37:24 End Of Interview
  • 41:40 Outtakes

Learn More

You can learn more about Paul and his books at PaulFalconeHR.com/books.

If you’d like more on this subject, here are some episodes to check out:

  • Episode 360, with Janet Polach, about her book for first-time managers
  • Episode 368, with Jim Wetrich, on where good leaders go wrong
  • Episode 358, with Donato Tramuto, on compassionate leadership

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