My colleague wrote this leaving letter and it is golden.

Published: June 30, 2016
Author: Steven Thomas

A long-time colleague sent this fantastic leaving note to a group colleagues today.  She's someone whom I've seen flourish and grow over a number of years by continually putting herself out there and by applying a huge measure of tenacity - a great attribute given that she's operated in a tough sales market for a long time.  I wanted to share it because there are some golden insights that we can all benefit from.  It also contains one mistake though... she made her the person she is today, everybody else just helped along the way.

And so to the letter:

13 years ago I walked through the revolving doors at Barclay House to join the then wonderful Scotsman Publications as a Trainee Field Sales Rep to work on the good old Edinburgh Herald & Post.

Through the course of 10 years, working my way through the ranks finally finishing as a Group Head for the Edinburgh Evening News, I would like to thank Shona Haddow for all the help, training and encouragement along with the belief and mentoring from Steve Thomas and Carol Gibson, they made me the person I am today.

Kudos to Charlotte Taylor who gave me the opportunity to become the Advertising Manager of Fife, 3 years ago.  She had the faith in me to lead the absolute wonderful Dream Team, who over the past couple of years hit every target and obstacle given.  We have all laughed, cried and argued in one day but always stuck together through thick and thin.

So I am leaving here today with a wealth of knowledge I will always treasure. Working here has been a fantastic learning experience and I am thankful for the skills I've acquired. I feel as if being here with my team each day has made me a more complete and well-rounded person.

I've learned how to take direction, criticism, and compliments. These are three things I wasn't so great at taking before, and now I feel as though I can apply that in many different situations.  I've also learned to be open-minded, to value other people's opinions and to consider other ideas along with mine, to end up with a great final result.  I've come to realize that being a part of a team is a lot more than just sharing credit. A team effort takes compromise. When you are on a team you have to at times lead, follow, and more often than not, meet in the middle.

My wish for my team Bill, Margaret. Heather, Georgina, Annette & Linda plus the fantastic background help from John Gow and Lesley Littlejohn, is that you all continue to experience success, to feel fulfilled in all you do, and to have nothing but pleasant results with each completed project! While that may be an overly optimistic wish, it is sincere.

It's been a pleasure working here and I will truly miss it. I take with me fond memories, valuable skills, and I hope to one day leave an impression on others similar to the one you have left on me.

I hope my new workplace will be as interesting!



ST: I've left the names of the actual people in - I'm happy to change if anybody feels uncomfortable with this

Image courtesy of Bob McDevitt.