|Carol Bartz in 2009|
Appropriate way to fire anyone? Never.
A good idea to call the Chairman and the board "doofuses" (as reported by the LA Times) or say that the board "f***d me over" in an interview recounted on mashable.com after it happens? Probably not.
From all the news articles you can tell it was probably a pretty bad situation before the firing. And I certainly don't know if it was deserved or not.
Ranked 91st on the Forbes Executive Pay Ranking and running an organization valued at around $16b, Bartz was clearly in a role very different from many of ours with different challenges. But does that make how you should leave a job different?
When we leave roles most of us try to do so with some dignity, no matter what the circumstances, to cement contacts for your network and to sure up the referees we may need in the future. Maybe when you're in the media and the market already has an opinion of how you performed, the CEO of such a visible organization as Yahoo! doesn't need to be worried about such things.
But apart from venting some anger in public name, is name calling a good idea?
Personally, whatever the circumstance I don't see what Bartz had to gain.
And I don't think it's being a very good role model.