“Can you believe what they want us to do now? And of course we have no time to do it. I don’t get paid enough for this. The boss is clueless.”
“Why should we work so hard on this? Even if we come up with a good idea, the boss will probably kill it. If she doesn’t, the market will. I’ve seen this a hundred times before.”
“You people obviously don’t understand the business we are in. The regulations will not allow an idea like this, and our stakeholders won’t embrace it. Don’t even get me started on our IT infrastructure’s inability to support it. And then there is the problem of ….”
Also, once you decide to fire someone, FIRE THEM! Don’t avoid it or stretch it out. It’s part of your responsibility, it’s your job, waiting will only demotivate everyone else that much more, and it may give the person that you do eventually get around to firing a toehold for potential litigation (“I did the same thing I’ve always done. If they didn’t like it, why didn’t they fire me before now?”). And you know what? They’re right!
If you can’t fire people, you don’t belong in a management role.