This fella was our CEO and this was part of a New Manager Orientation. Trust me, he had no friends. He said that if his mother wasn't performing he would sit across the table and have to fire her. At the first management meeting he presided over he told everyone to look to their right and then look to their left. Then said, "See these people? 50% of you won't be here in a year."
Mr. Snell is still out there somewhere in New England I've heard.