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FIRED, LAID OFF,
OUT OF A JOB

A MANUAL FOR UNDERSTANDING,
COPING, SURVIVING


by B. Keith Simerson and
Michael D. McCormick


B. Keith Simerson, Ed.D.

Simerson was born in Salisbury, North Carolina. His career has spanned both the public- and private-sectors.

A Partner with Tradewinds Consulting, LLC, Simerson helps clients succeed in the areas of strategy execution, leadership development, and change management. He has broad-based leadership and management experience in several industries and professions, including health care, law enforcement, petro-chemical, and management consulting.

Simerson has also consulted, trained, and coached leaders in various professional services firms, corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions. He possesses a Doctorate from the University of North Carolina, where he concentrated on management and organization development.

Education:

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ed.D.
  • Appalachian State University, MA
  • Pfeiffer College, BA
  • Central Piedmont Community College, AAS

In collaboration with William T. Markham Ph.D. (Greensboro, NC), Simerson wrote “Evaluating Police Management Development Programs” (Praeger Publishers, 1990).

In collaboration with Michael L. Venn Ph.D. (Kohler, WI), Simerson is writing a book on “Contextual Leadership.”

Michael D. McCormick, JD

McCormick was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University and received a BA degree in History in 1975. McCormick attended Law School at Loyola University Chicago and received his law degree in 1978. He received a trial advocacy teacher certification from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 1992.

A Partner with Coman & Anderson, P.C., McCormick’s law practice specializes in all areas of commercial litigation as well as employment law matters. He is Legislative and Judicial Director of the Human Resource Association of Greater Oak Brook, Illinois, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Education:

  • Loyola University, JD
  • Northwestern University, BA