Peyton Manning Leaves Well

Leadership transition is a part of life – it happens. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t happen well. There was an article by Chris Chase, a blogger for Yahoo!, published a couple of days ago that once again reveals what a class act Peyton Manning really is.

Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press

 
Here’s the summary in case you missed it – the Colts traded Peyton to Denver a few weeks ago. I wrote then about what we could learn from his transition. Now, it has been revealed that not only did he exit well as evidenced in his press conference; he didn’t want to leave any muddy footprints with the media either. He spent several hours this past week calling individual members of the media to THANK THEM for what they did for him and the Colts during his 14-year career in Indianapolis!
Ironically, this week I’m making a transition here at Chick-fil-A. For those that may not know my story, I’ve been on the corporate staff here for over 30 years. This week marks the end of my longest tenure in a single role so far. I’ve had the privilege of leading the Training and Development group here since 2000.
Now, I’m certainly not Peyton Manning – if you ever see a picture of the two of us, he’s the tall one. However, I’m still trying to exit well. Exit may not be the best term, I’ve still got a job, but my role and my team of more than a decade are changing.
Like Manning, I needed to thank some people and I’ve already begun that process. There is the public thank you (the “press conference” – I did that Monday) and the private thank yous, which I’m still doing. What else can we do as leaders to transition well? Here are a few things to consider:
Prepare in advance for a transition… they are inevitable. Who are you preparing? There is no success without a successor.
Have the appropriate and necessary conversations BEFORE the formal announcement. Figure out who is going to be most directly impacted by the changes and talk to them in advance. Eliminate the huge surprises.
Support the new ideas that your successor will undoubtedly bring to the table. Never forget that progress is always preceded by change.
The truth is, leaders are often remembered more for how they transition than for all the work that preceded that event. I’m working hard to transition well.[GLS_Shield]

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Ricky Escobar

9 years ago

Mark, I’m in “shock” and “awe” at your announcement… Shock, because knowing you, I feel your passion of learning and development and see your strengths shine in this, what is now your past role. Awe, in the excitement of what you will put your hands to next. I know that what ever you touch you will make shine through your amazing leadership and I look forward to awing over your new found success in your new role. Congratulations on your new role and thank you for all you have done for me and those around you in your past role!

mark

9 years ago

Thanks for your kind comments! I’m excited to be creating a new team, Organizational Effectiveness. We’re still working on our charter but the essence of our charge is to help us grow to be a $10 billion company over the next decade. It will be fun!

Al Smith

9 years ago

Thanks Mark. Great post. I have only been following you a short time, but I want to thank you for all you have done to help influence and inspire others. This is the kind of article that needs to be written. You help show how things ‘should” be done. You CARE, Mark. I am grateful.
Take CARE.
Al

mark

9 years ago

Thank you Al! I’m on the journey too. Looking forward to sharing the ups and downs with you in the months/years to come!

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