The sound of your work eulogy

What would your work eulogy sound like?

Maybe that opener sounds a bit morbid. The idea isn’t about dying, it’s about what remains when we move on from our organizations.

What would the people we left behind say about us? What would they continue doing that we inspired? What would they remember about us?

Ever thought about that?

I have a number of LinkedIn connections. In the last few months I have seen so many people give farewell posts to jobs they loved, positions they have held for some time.

What I have noticed is that these farewell posts aren’t mean spirited. They aren’t cold. Many look back fondly. They seem appreciative. They seem grateful.

The farewell post comes at a time of reflection. My question is not what you will think about upon your departure, but what others will think about you on that day. What will their reflections be? I ask because we all leave something behind. We can choose to leave something behind that’s worth remembering.

It’s never one big thing. Rather, it’s a collection of moments. Moments where we choose to be the bigger person or the more generous person. Moments where we spend a little more time than we think we should. Moments where we stand for something and moments when we care.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.
Published on November 19, 2020

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