Lame Duck

I’ve always joked that I only look at my company’s job postings to make sure my job isn’t in it.  Usually good for a chuckle.

Today, there it was – a job posting for my replacement.  No laughing matter. Different title and level, but it’s still my headcount on the budget. The fact I wrote most of it just kicked up the ‘weirdness factor’ a few extra notches. I had to take a couple of deep breaths when I saw the posting.

Yes, there is some stress involved in this whole process of Letting Go.

Before I decided researching this whole “retirement” thing was not good for my blood pressure, I read a couple of books and several articles on how other people react to seeing their organizations hire the next person to do their jobs.  Very little of it was positive.  Why do people only write about all the awful things that can happen?  Are there really so many individuals with crappy outlooks, or are those the only ones who are talking about their experiences?  I have a feeling it’s the latter, so I’ll speak up to represent those of us who aren’t grumpy.

I’ve decided this is going to be a positive process.  My boss is going to interview and hire the person he feels will be best for this job, and I will support whomever he decides upon.  I’ll do my very best to train my replacement, and will not pull the tricks I read in these worthless books of leaving information out.  To me, that’s like those people who give recipes and leave out one ingredient so no one will ever make it as well, and will eventually fail.

I want my replacement to succeed.  I want the company to continue to succeed, and I refuse to believe I’m in the minority.  I’m sure a lot of you reading this blog feel the same way, or you wouldn’t have found me.  So, here’s what I’m going to do.

  • Anyone who calls me will get a candid assessment of what the job will entail.
  • I will encourage anyone who is interested to apply.
  • I will keep my personal feelings to myself.  Frankly, they’re of no interest to anyone else, so why air them?

Anything else is counter-productive.

I have already told my boss who I think would be great for the job, and it’s now up to him.  I’m not sure I will be a part of the interview process, and frankly I don’t care if I am.  I will support whomever he chooses.  When that person is chosen, I will train him or her to succeed.  Cheerfully.  I don’t want to tarnish my reputation, or leave a bad memory behind when my contract ends. I am in control of MY legacy.

Anyone agree? Would love to hear any of your experiences on this issue.  Leave a comment below, and let’s start a discussion.