It’s bad enough having your firing announced live on national television. But how would you feel if the executive making that announcement treated it cavalierly, as if he was making a new product presentation?
That’s how General Motors chairman Ed Whitacre handled the dismissal of Fritz Henderson. Walking back and forth on a stage, reading from a script. Monitors in the background displaying large pictures of shiny new cars. This could’ve been an introduction of a new addition to GM’s automobile portfolio.