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Posted: 12th Aug 2015  |  Share this Article:

Shock #1
You just find out that your boss is leaving for another role outside of the organisation on a promotion!.

Thought #2
Is she/he going to ask me to move with them when they leave?. What will I say? Who is going to be the successor? I hope it really isn’t ……

When you find out that your boss is leaving, I would expect you will have so many questions swirling around your mind as well as those mixed emotions. Heightened if you had a really good relationship and chemistry, even if you didn’t get on or like your boss you are still heading into the unknown.

There are two scenarios that usually occur.

Headhunted:
Your boss headhunts you and you go with them to the next position hopefully in a more senior position with more pay (make sure you negotiate this!) with the promise that your role will evolve/or futher promotion will be forthcoming.

Stay put:
For those of us who remain in our roles – do not despair this is a great opportunity to embrace and make an impact.  If the successor is an external candidate, they will be heavily dependant on your skills and knowledge, to help them through the first 90 days. It is your job to be supportive, and make a lasting impression. This really is your time to shine and showcase your skills and capabilities. This is also the period where by you will need to be adaptable, for a new hire this is an extremley stressful time as they are trying to find their feet and also make their mark/impact.
You will also need to be patient, this is really important – it takes time to develop any type of relationship work or personal, let the relationship develop naturally.

Similar scenario for an internal candidate, but you need to adjust as they already know the organisation well, you will still need to showcase how good you are, but you will need to work harder to prove yourself.

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien Edwards

Cornerstone42 founder

Vivien has nearly 20 years administrative experience covering project and event management, recruitment, training and development, mentorship and supervisory for other admins.

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