“He’s a mad dog!”

“She’s a bully!”

“He’s a snake!”

When we see people out of control, we often compare them to animals. That’s because we know that humans, unlike animals, have the ability to reason. We can choose not to surrender our reason to our passions.

The jerks in the office – those who constantly yell, pound the table, denigrate others – have lost control of their human ability to reason. They mistake their weakness for strength. They behave like dangerous animals. People around them spend their time trying to stay safe rather than taking risks and innovating.

Jerks don’t get more out of people. They are a drag on your business. Fire them and reap two benefits: less drag on your business and more drag on the competitor they join.

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