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143. Letting Someone Go Sucks

143. Letting Someone Go Sucks #CEOMOMCLUB

Letting Someone Go Sucks

Let’s talk about a topic that doesn’t get nearly enough attention in the world of business – letting someone go. We all know it’s not easy, stirring up emotions and causing sleepless nights. I’ve been there, and I want you to know that you’re not alone in this sucky part of being a mom in business.

Last year, when I had to bid farewell to someone from my team, it felt like a punch in the gut. Sleepless nights, hives, and even some ugly crying – it wasn’t pretty. But deep down, I knew it was the right decision for everyone involved.

As moms in business, we often find ourselves torn between the success of our companies and the friendships we’ve built along the way. When a team member leaves, it’s a transition that affects us all since our team culture is based on love and camaraderie. (Something we love about women led businesses!)

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to let anyone go, and nobody would ever leave. But change is inevitable, and it propels us ALL toward growth, even if it feels scary.

When I shared my experience with other female business owners, I realized that many of them were silently struggling with the same dilemma. So, let’s break the silence and learn from each other.


Letting Someone Go Sucks


Here are some lessons I’ve learned:

1. Trust your instincts when something feels off in the relationship with an employee.

Chances are, they feel it too. Healthy communication is key for both parties involved. And if it feels right to let someone go, it’s probably the right decision for them as well. Relationships evolve, even at work.

2. Remember, just because a relationship no longer feels right doesn’t mean it never was right.

Relationships, expectations, dreams, and visions change over time – that’s a normal part of life. Embrace the change and allow your business to grow along with it. Don’t fear it.

3. Keep emotions in check and maintain a professional atmosphere when handling these situations.

While our businesses hold a personal place in our hearts, it’s important to separate personal feelings from business decisions. Stick to the facts, retain receipts, and never regret your professional correspondence. Oh, and keeping records is a game-changer.


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4. Don’t prolong the process.

Trust me, dragging it out only makes it messier. Have those crucial conversations, offer feedback, and encourage open communication. But if things aren’t resolving, don’t hesitate to make a decision. Holding onto something that isn’t working will only hurt you in the long run.

5. Sometimes, you’re the unlikely “villain” in someone else’s story – and that’s okay!

Life can be tough, but it’s important to remember that we’re making decisions for the best outcome and future. Deep down, we don’t want anyone to fail.

6. Don’t let your feelings cloud the wellbeing of your company.

This one hit close to home for me. I built an incredible team culture, where we’re not just colleagues, but friends, there for one another. It’s beautiful when employees become your family.

However, when the wellbeing of your company is at stake and boundaries no longer align, it’s okay to prioritize your company, your family, and the rest of your team. Remember, there are always other opportunities out there, and you can let go of that “Savior complex.”

7. Lastly, don’t be afraid to grow your team, even if it means some relationships will end.

Having a team of amazing women supporting you every day is truly a blessing. We lift each other up when it comes to parenting, mental health, work challenges, and even those winter blues. Together, we can achieve so much more – scaling our income, boosting each other professionally and emotionally. Trust me, having a team is simply the best, despite the tough moments. It’s all worth it.


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I’m so grateful for my team in every season. And we will cherish all the good memories and relationships in all the different ones. We wish nothing but the best for everyone on and off the team.

I sincerely hope none of us have to go through this again, but let’s take a moment to acknowledge and be proud of ourselves for stepping into that CEO role, even if it was painfully challenging.

Remember, Mama Bosses, you’re not alone in this. We all face the challenges and hardships of being a mom in business. Let’s support one another, share our experiences, and navigate through the not-so-pleasant parts together.



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