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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430237384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430237389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jay Shepherd is a writer and speaker focused on fixing workplaces so that individuals are free to do their best work.�For 17 years, he worked as an employment litigator and adviser helping companies stay out of trouble. Law & Politics magazine named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New England. In 2011, he closed his law firm and opened Prefix, LLC, a firm that helps professionals learn how to price their knowledge.�Jay writes two award-winning blogs: Gruntled Employees (gruntledemployees.com), his workplace blog, and The Client Revolution (clientrevolution.com), which focuses on reinventing the business of law.�Jay is married to the chief human-resources officer of a top Boston law firm, and they have two amazing young daughters who enjoy reading so much that they might even read this book. Eventually.�Follow Jay on Twitter at @jayshep.��

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Jay Shepherd is a writer and speaker focused on fixing workplaces so that individuals are free to do their best work.

For 17 years, he worked as an employment litigator and advisor helping companies stay out of trouble. He had something of a knack for it: Law and Politics Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New England. One thing he didn't have a knack for was tracking hours, so in 2006, he banned timesheets from his Boston law firm, Shepherd Law Group. This made some waves around the country and the world, which led Jay to write and speak about the subject. In 2011, he closed the law firm after 13 years and opened Prefix, LLC, a firm that helps professionals learn how to price their knowledge.

Jay writes two award-winning blogs. The American Bar Association has twice listed The Client Revolution, which focuses on reinventing the business of law, as one of the top 100 lawyer blogs. Human Resource Executive has called Gruntled Employees, his workplace blog, the top HR website. He has also been a widely read columnist on the Above the Law, the world's most popular law blog. Follow Jay on Twitter at @jayshep, or email him at jay@prefixllc.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather Bussing on November 23, 2011
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Firing At Will is not for the timid. Shepherd recommends that you throw out your policy manual, get rid of progressive discipline, and (gasp) treat people differently.

And when it's time to fire someone, which is usually earlier than you think, Shepherd guides you through the questions to ask, what to say, and what paperwork to use. More importantly, he teaches how to handle a difficult, emotional situation both professionally and respectfully.

Firing At Will is a smart and common-sense approach "to the riskiest thing you can do at work with your clothes on." See my complete review at[...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Customer Service Savant on May 9, 2012
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Love the book! -- useful and funny (no SUCKAGE!), should be on the desk of every HR manager ... no, make that every manager. Your weaving of top companies in how they treat their employees (Costco, Southwest Air, Starbucks, Apple), thought leaders in business (Sinek, Gladwell, etc.) and pop culture (West Wing, Jerry Maguire, Apple, Caine Mutiny...) all make for engaging reading and I use in my leadership course. The best part, however, is your applicable advice and approach based on personal experience that goes against the common practice -- such as no billable hours system, employees first, no handbooks and evaluations. Entertaining, educational and engaging!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Occasional Reviewer on November 27, 2011
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I liked this book because it is common sense advice delivered in plain english. Shepherd boils down tons of real world experience into a thoughtful, practical roadmap for dealing with one of the most important yet least-well managed issues in business. Best, yet, he covers the topic with a light readable tone that keeps things in perspective and doesn't bog the reader down with too much theory or lecturing. Unlike a lot of management books, this one can actually be read by the manager herself, and I think it would be well worth the investment of time.
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This is a must-read for employers. It's full of great, practical advice from a lawyer who specialized in management-side employment law for many years. Equally important, it's written in clear, understandable language -- without the legalese (or tedium) normally associated with the topic.
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