Kris Dunn shares The Top 100 Movie Quotes for HR Pros: #72 is Bob Sugar: “I’m Here to Fire You, Jerry”…


Recurring series at the Capitalist: The Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time for HR Pros.  In no special order, I break down the 100 movie quotes that resonate most for me as a career HR pro.  Some will be funny, some will be serious… Some will tug at your heart like when the Fox voice-over guy said, “Tonight – a very special episode of 90210″… You get the vibe… I’ll do it countdown-style like they’re ranked, but let’s face it – they’re ALL special..

“I’m here to fire you, Jerry. It’s real -You should say something”…

–Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire

Ah yes, the offsite meeting.  Here’s some rules/guidelines about what offsite meetings mean in your culture:

If offsite meetings happen often and informally in your company, they mean nothing more than your normal meeting request received via outlook for Conference Room #5 on the second floor.

If the person requesting the offsite meeting is clear about the purpose, either through what they proactively explain or give you upon request, you’re good.  Play on.

If the person says they just want to run through some things when you ask them for the offsite topic of conversation, it’s probably a gripe session about someone other than you.  That’s better than what’s coming next.

–If the person won’t really tell you what the offsite is about upon request or goes dark on you when you request the topic, beware.  The Bob Sugar approach might be just around the corner.

Read the whole post over at Kris Dunn’s The HR Capitalist (an FOT contributor blog).

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Kris Dunn
 Kris Dunn is Chief Human Resources Officer at Kinetix and a blogger at The HR Capitalist and the Founder and Executive Editor of Fistful of Talent. That makes him a career VP of HR, a blogger, a dad and a hoops junkie, the order of which changes based on his mood. Tweet him @kris_dunn. Oh, and in case you hadn't heard the good word, he's also jumped into the RPO game as part owner of a rising shop out of ATL, Kinetix. Not your mama's recruiting process outsourcing, that's for sure... check 'em out.

One Comment

  1. TM says:

    I love this! Our #1 most referred to quote is from Office Space. The Bobs: “What exactly would you say you do around here?”
    Our RIF process requires the manager to document the duties of a job before they can eliminate a role. Occasionally a new manager will join a team and there is someone clearly not providing value. They want to eliminate the role but have to articulate what the person does which is ambiguous since they are doing little of value. HR throws this quote out to the manager as a sarcastic suggestion for how to get to the bottom of things.

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