In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins, Chandler Vannoy, and Dan Iten discuss the subject of how to transition jobs well. As Chandler transitions to a new role away from Lifeway, the team reflects on ways that leaders can improve the process of transitioning out of their role and how they can create an environment where open dialogue about job changes is encouraged. Here are some of the questions they discussed:
- Why is this important to the life of a church?
- What are some general reasons why people leave their jobs?
- What are some best practices or opposing views on how people look at this subject?
- What are some ways you’ve seen this go well and other ways that you’ve seen it go poorly?
- How do you develop a culture that is comfortable having these types of conversations?
- What are some best practices for you as the employee leaving to set up the next person for success?
“If there’s anybody that should be able to retain employees or retain staff, it’s the church. Because the church should be the best place at developing, caring, and encouraging those people.” – Todd Adkins
“People don’t quit jobs, they quit leaders or organizations.” – Todd Adkins
The employees that you have or those who are serving on your team are only there for however long God has them there. They’re going to move to something else eventually and you can either look at that as you something that you can be against, or you can be for them in moving for that.” – Chandler Vannoy
“One of the best things you can do as a leader is continually have an open dialogue with your team and have the viewpoint that God has whoever’s on our team here for a season, and to be open handed with your people.” – Chandler Vannoy
“Whenever someone leaves my team, I want them to be pulled towards something else, not pushed away from where they are at.” – Todd Adkins
“We rise to our level of incompetence.” – Todd Adkins
“You are not a good leader if everything falls apart once you leave.” – Todd Adkins