I haven’t left many jobs in my life thus far. I commit to jobs like I commit to relationships – selectively and with the intention of forever.
But jobs are rarely meant to be forever. They change with seasons.
The winds have changed and it’s time to move on, and I’m trying to move on with the grace, poise and confidence of my Disney hero.
I’m received some wonderful advice from friends who have navigated the winds of change ahead of me and so I thought I would share with you what I’m learning and how I’m trying live out this season of change.
1) Be respectful. Show respect to your leaders. Seek to honor them. Praise them. Thank them.
2) Celebrate others. Focus on celebrating the team you served with. Remind them of the gifts and strengths you see in them and encourage them to keep using their gifts to serve the organization. Your parting words of affirmation can be life-giving.
3) Cherish the moments. Absorb every “thank you”, every encouraging word, every memory reminisced, every fun story retold. Know that your time made an impact and carry that with you.
4) Process. Mourn. Feel. Reflect. Don’t be in a hurry to move on. You’ve invested yourself into something you deemed significant. Let yourself process, mourn, feel and reflect on the joys and accomplishments of that season.
5) Let the wind carry you to your next adventure. You just never know what is awaiting you there!
What have you learned about leaving well?