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Change – both personally and professionally – is a part of being human. Over the years most of us change cities, jobs, and partners. People flow in and out of our lives like the current; some of them are quickly forgotten, while others stay with us in our memories long after they are gone, defining us.

For this reason, I would encourage you to make sure the people around you 1. If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.know how they impacted your life in a positive way. Don’t forget to let someone know that they made a difference. Do this not just because a bridge well-tended is one that endures to be crossed at a later date, but because while you will have both good jobs and bad, and will live in cities that are both a great fit for our temperaments and a bad match for us at that point in time in our lives. what will remain most poignant about your experiences in your memories will be the people you shared them with. Ergo, when you look back on your life you don’t want to regret the things you didn’t say. This is of course cliche’, but you are much less likely to regret saying the things that you did.

…Bringing this back to HR. In our organizations we would do well to remember that the way that we say goodbye to departing employees matters. They can choose to either be brand ambassadors to others as they move on or tear down the company to prospective future employees… the choice has more to do with the way they’re treated on the way out than one might think. And in that same vein, as professionals we would do well to remember that no one moves up on their own. Thank the people that helped you along the way – they could have helped someone else instead. And let your mentors know how they influenced you, so that they might be emboldened and encouraged to mentor others in the future.

….Another thought stream this morning. What have I gotten right here? What have I gotten wrong?

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