In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins, Barnabas Piper, and Daniel Im discuss what it takes to depart a position well whether you are let go or leave on your own. Everyone transitions jobs at some point, so how can you do it as well as possible whether the circumstances are happy or hard? They ask the following questions.
- How do you know when it’s time to go?
- What should a person do differently when leaving a position involuntarily vs. voluntarily?
- How much notice is best to give when you are leaving?
- How do you handoff your work well to others?
- What are the pluses and minuses of exit interviews?
“Maybe the role you have was good for you in a previous season, but God is transitioning you to a new season.”
“We are loathe to do anything for money, but money is a very real reason to stay at or leave a job.”
“Don’t be a ladder climber, but don’t be stuck in a place you’re not learning and growing.”
“Have the personal integrity to make sure you don’t leave behind a mess.”
“If you’re a jerk about things you’re undermining your own future.”
“You need to set up the people who will be filling your spot.”
“There are simple processes that can crush you if you don’t have them documented and recorded.”
“As much as it is up to you maintain good relationships with people at the organization you are leaving.”
“Leaving well is part of starting something well.”
“The last thing you want is to leave and have everything you did be overhauled.”
“It’s myth that if good leaders leave everything will fall apart. That just means you didn’t invest in others.”
“An exit interview with Human Resources is not the best. It should be with your superior.”
“The person doing the exit interview needs to willing to listen.”
“Regardless of what the person leaving says, don’t get defensive.”
“People leave positions for one of three reasons: money, lifestyle, or potential growth opportunities.”
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