AOL CEO: “at a human level it was unfair”

Imagine 1,000 people listening in as you get sacked. If you haven’t heard the audio tape of AOL’s Chairman, Tim Armstrong, sacking an employee during a teleconference call you can hear it for yourself [ UPI link]. Armstrong has since apologized not just to Abel, the employee he fired, but everyone in the company. CNN Money posted his memo: “…I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday during the Patch all-hands meeting when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. It was an emotional response at the start of a difficult discussion dealing with many people’s careers and livelihoods. I am the CEO and leader of the organization, and I take that responsibility seriously. We talk a lot about accountability and I am accountable for the way I handled the situation, and at a human level it was unfair to Abel. I’ve communicated to him directly and apologized for the way the matter was handled at the meeting…”   Continue reading