A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 11, 2019
“Hire someone, fire someone, and rearrange the furniture” (a new CEO’s tasks)

American author, consultant and lecturer James C. “Jim” Collins said this, as reported by August Turak in Forbes on August 16, 2012:

“The next tip is move quickly. One day he (Jim Collins—ed.) said, ‘Remember Augie, when you take a new job, hire somebody, fire somebody, rearrange the furniture, but whatever you do, do it fast.’”

“There’s an old joke about executive turnover: ‘When a new CEO starts, they have three ‘jobs’ to do: Hire someone, fire someone, and rearrange the furniture’” was printed on the blog Business 2 Community on November 11, 2019.

The idea is that a new executive is expected to make changes, even if they are cosmetic changes. It’s not known if Jim Collins or someone else was the first to say this.


Forbes
Aug 16, 2012, 01:09pm
6 Leadership Tips from Jim Collins
August Turak
In a previous article The 11 Leadership Secrets You’ve Never Heard About, I introduced Jim Collins, my mentor at what is now the A&E Network.
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The next tip is move quickly. One day he said, “Remember Augie, when you take a new job, hire somebody, fire somebody, rearrange the furniture, but whatever you do, do it fast.”

Google Books
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks:
One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

By August Turak
New York, NY: Columbia University Press
2013
Pg. 38:
Jim Collins, my boss and mentor at what is now the A&E Network, once told me, “Augie, when you take a new job, hire somebody, fire somebody, rearrange the furniture...but for God’s sake make something happen fast.”

Twitter
August Turak
@augustturak
“Augie, when you take a new job, hire someone, fire someone, rearrange the furniture, but whatever you do do SOMETHING fast.” Jim Collins
8:54 AM · Jan 20, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Business 2 Community
Your Client Has a New Boss? We Can Predict What’ll Happen Next!
Karl Sakas— November 11, 2019
There’s an old joke about executive turnover: “When a new CEO starts, they have three ‘jobs’ to do: Hire someone, fire someone, and rearrange the furniture.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, November 11, 2019 • Permalink