When you bring someone new into the fold, they get a runway. You give them time and a process to meet everyone, understand their place in the world and find their feet in giving value. The more care and attention you give them, the easier your make their progress, the quicker they go and the faster they can take off and fly.
Do it the same way in the other direction. When someone’s leaving your team, whether for their reasons or for yours, provide a flight path that bring them down to land. Make sure they can finish their projects, give them time to brief their colleagues and be debriefed themselves.
Get this right, and on their last day they’ll have nothing to do. This isn’t a kindness, at least not for them. It’s about continuity and respecting those taking over.
Skippy strategy: A runway at each end of the journey.
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