There is a clear rule in scouts. Always leave the place in a better condition than you took it. According to Anderson Willinger, executive search, we can learn from it when leaving a job position:
- Write down the main responsibilities you have worked on, what you have achieved and what you recommend as the main points to achieve.
- Make a list of all key people who have a decisive influence, including contacts.
- Make a list of all the major issues that are important to address and why, including areas that are open and necessary to be addressed.
- Make a brief summary of your team’s strengths and weaknesses, including expectations for further career development.
- Hand over the completed document in writing to your supervisor.
- Prepare a short written acknowledgement to your superiors, colleagues and subordinates, including information about your departure.
- Prepare a list of people from inside and outside the company, call them in person or invite them over for coffee to thank them.
- Don’t forget the list of people who deserve promotion in the company. Connect with their bosses and thank them for specific people. State how they helped you and why.
- People remember much more how they felt about you than what you did in society. They will either forget you or they will be happy to pick up your phone one day.
The art of leaving with honour requires humility, and it says something about who you are.
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