Most times, getting rid of a bad apple in your company is straightforward.
Respectfully ask them to leave, pay the severance, move on with life.
But sometimes the bad apple doesn’t want to leave.
Not only is she unwilling, but she has managed to entangle herself in your company so deeply that you can’t cut her out without risking destroying your company.
It is like a cancer that is so far advanced that only chemotherapy can cure it.
The problem with chemo is that it sometimes kills the patient too.
You have no choice. A bad apple will eventually kill your company.
Chemotherapy at least gives you a chance of survival.
Suck it up and turn on the chemo.
Don’t hire bad apples.