Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Leaving on a High

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Leaving on a High

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Be gracious. Thank people and focus on the good memories rather than using your departure as an excuse to let off steam about everything that annoys you - however tempting that might be. Don't burn your bridges.

Don't take it personally. People react in different ways to someone who's leaving. Some will feel they can talk to you more openly now, while others will dismiss you as no longer relevant. Be ready to respond to their different reactions sensitively.

Reflect on what you have learned. Consider what skills and insights you can take with you to help in your new venture.

Spend time with people. Your colleague today could be your client tomorrow, or even your boss at some time in the future.

Keep your professional pride. Give a full and clear handover of your work. Your reputation is still being made long after you've left the organisation.

Be consistent. …

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