Not to brag or anything but over the past 15 years of working in the music business, I’m the crown prince of leaving one gig or job and having to start another. Part of that is because the music industry is just volatile and thats just the way it is. The other part is obviously, hello, me!
But one thing I’ve learned along the way is, how we leave or finish will say far more about us than how we start.
*photo credit W. David Phillips
Let me share with you an example.
My mom, who undoubtedly, is an amazing woman, and I would be remiss in not acknowledging such, diligently worked at a job for 25 years. Each and every morning of those 25 years, 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, she got up at the crack of dawn, and slaved away at being the very best she possibly could be.
And as you can imagine, working anywhere for 25 years, you naturally develop some pretty close relationships. The lines between the professional and the personal are bound to be crossed. Thus was true for my mom.
Well, the time came eventually for her to move on to the next season of her life and find another job. Hard as that was, her character and integrity shown thru and she left that job of over 25 years with her dignity in tact.
You would think, naturally, a party would be thrown, or a lavish gift given perhaps, but you and I would be wrong in this case.
What ensued, was a not so pleasant experience of betrayal, hurt, and pain and thats putting it lightly.
The most amazing part of this story is only a few short months later, my mom, after finding another job and working at it for several months, was given an amazing opportunity. A door opened that perfectly lined up with her authentic voice, and true giftedness and would give her the chance bridge the gap between vocation and avocation.
She took it.
This time around, do you know how her new employers of only a few months reacted?
They were ecstatic! Completely over-joyed and encouraging! Not in the slightest bit upset that they would have to spend resources hiring and retraining someone. Its amazing the contrast and what that says about them. My mom of course, helped them and made that transition easy and graceful, once again proving her character and integrity is not found in how you start but how you finish!
Which leads me to ask, how do you treat others when its time for the relationship or journey to end?
What can be said of your business by how you treat employees when they leave for greater opportunities somewhere else?
If people are the greatest resource and assest we’ll ever come to realize in this world, shouldn’t we be intentional and love them well?