Wrong Way

There is no shortage of reasons to part ways with a team and many of them are very good. Motivations for leaving are difficult to comment on because each context is unique, but regardless of the situation, the method of a departure is important. I am a firm believer that there is a right and a wrong way to leave a team. Every team dynamic is made of relationships between people. These relationships will always include emotional interactions. Emotions such as love, joy, appreciation, anger, fear, and disappointment. When a teammate leaves, it is really important for that teammate to leave well. This can be defined as leaving with relationships intact. Leaving angry is a terrible way to leave a team because it undermines a lot of the relational investments throughout the team dynamic. Great teams often consider former teammates as friends immediately and long after the teammate departed.

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