These same ideas are used by Donald Trump and many other successful business people. If you have two top performers, it might not be a good idea to dump one, but getting rid of 10% of the dead weight at the bottom is a very good idea. From my experience working with several major corporations, the amount of dead weight is sometimes a lot larger than 10%. But the idea is that dumping 10% can motivate the rest.
Originally Posted by chatterbox
The larger a company becomes, the harder it is to motivate people. Although no one likes it, fear is still the best motivator in big business. Fear creates competition to be the best.
You see this type of competition in sports. If you are in the bottom 10%, no one will renew your contract. Perfomance is all that matters.
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