I don't post in band management very often, but I have purused some of the threads here. It seems to me that a lot of the issues that arise can be resolved simply with open and honest communication. Bad news is a little bit easier to swallow when one is treated with respect. It is best to deal with a conflict head on, and have a clean resolution where everything is clearly defined and there is no room for mis-inturprutation. Now, that isn't to say that some people don't let their emotions take over, even if they have been given the respect of an in-person discussion...but I have found that it is easier to deal with all the issues at once. The other person will eventually calm down and will most likely still have respect for you. Especially when the alternative is going behind their back to find a replacement. I have had to fire a few people, and it is never easy. I usually lead with something like "I wanted to give you the respect that you deserve by talking to you in person." I think this thread could be a good place for us to share tips and ideas on how to communicate with others.