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  • Writer's pictureGeorgandez Morrison

3 Tips for Navigating the Emotional Toll of Laying People Off

Hello OmiHomies,

Welcome to another edition of FearLess Weekly! If you're reading this, chances are you, like me, have experienced the heart-wrenching challenge of laying off team members. As a fellow CEO navigating these stormy seas, I get it. It's not just a business move; it's a deeply personal journey that can leave us feeling a bit lost.

So, let's chat about it – heart to heart – and explore a few down-to-earth tips to help us steer through this emotional rollercoaster:

1. Heart-to-Heart Communication:

  • Imagine you're chatting with a friend. Lay it out plainly – why the layoffs, what steps were taken to avoid them, and the exciting vision you have for the company’s future.

  • Create a safe space for your team to share their thoughts and feelings. Encourage questions; let them know you're in this together.

  • Be a guiding light by offering support resources like counseling or help with job placement. It's not just business; it's personal, too.

2. Long-Term Vision, not Tunnel Vision:

  • Imagine your business is a road trip, and yes, you might hit a detour (layoffs). But keep your eyes on the destination – your long-term goals and dreams for the company.

  • Share the roadmap with your team. What's the plan moving forward? How does each team member fit into the big picture? A little clarity can go a long way.

  • It's not a setback; it's a set-up for a powerful comeback. Remind yourself and your team of the exciting journey ahead.

3. Give Yourself a Hug – Practice Self-Compassion:

  • Admit it, CEOs are superheroes, but even superheroes need a break. Acknowledge your emotions without being too hard on yourself. You're human, after all.

  • Reflect on the positive steps you're taking. You're making tough decisions because you care about the company and its people. That's worth celebrating.

  • Reach out to your entrepreneur pals or mentors. Share stories, swap advice, and remind each other that it's okay not to have all the answers.

  • Take care of your well-being. Whether it's a jog in the park, a moment of mindfulness, or just a good laugh with friends and family – these are your superpowers.

In Conclusion:

Laying off team members is a wild ride, and as a CEO, I'm right there with you. By having heart-to-heart communication, keeping the long-term vision in focus, and giving ourselves a bit of self-compassion, we're not just navigating the storm; we're steering toward a brighter future. Tough decisions are a part of the journey, and by approaching them with authenticity and empathy, we're not just CEOs; we're leaders who care.

Onward and upward!

Thank you for being an OmiHomie!

Stay Fearless, Stay True, Stay You!

With curiosity and authenticity,


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