Don't Let Departures Damage your Culture
Leaders often neglect a crucial culture-building moment: when someone on your team chooses to leave. Candidly put, they divorce you professionally.
Or at least that’s what it can feel like.
A low point for every leader is when a top producer comes into your office and asks if they can talk to you. They’ve been dreading it all weekend, but the new offer has been accepted, signed, and returned, and now they have to break the news to you.
It’s crushing, often for both sides. But as the leader getting dumped, it’s especially hard as the reality sinks in, and you begin to understand this has been in the works for some time.
Likely your trusted team member was lured away with secretive calls and covert meetings, without any chance for you to counter-offer.
It’s ego-crushing. But let it go and repeat, “It’s not about me—it’s about them.”
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