Thank you very much for your gifts and kind words, and for your well-crafted words Colin. I have really enjoyed working with staff here over my 38.5 years at all the locations I have worked in. The thing I will miss the most is the banter that you get when people get to know each other well.
Thought I would just share a couple of thoughts before IT police come and collect my laptop.
As I mentioned I have survived through very many reorgs until it was my time. I put this down to a few things:
- Try to accept change quickly and work with it,
as it can get you a head start.
- Find out tasks within the team role your manager is not keen on, take them on and become good at them.
This works at all levels and even works with Tony who is good at most things.
- Try to keep your boss’s boss happy – it will be appreciated.
- Take some risks outside your comfort zone-
you won’t know until you try
(although I won’t do parascending over hard ground again).
- Try a public speaking course – works wonders for confidence. Explain things simply, in plain English, without jargon – that way the whole audience is with you and you keep everyone engaged.
- Look ahead at future potential impacts to the business and research thoroughly, so that when the issue hits you already have expertise and have thought out options.
Good luck for the future and have a great Christmas.