Marla Gottschalk

Surprise —Your High Performer is Resigning. What You Can Do Now.

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It is a random day — at a random time — in a week that seems like any other.

Except for one glaring reality.

One of your “stars” stands in front of you resigning. Your utter shock can only matched by the nagging shame that comes from the knowledge that as a manager, you had absolutely no clue. As your eyes widen in panic, you fast forward to your world without them.

Try to remain calm. There are steps that can be taken. Not all relationships can be saved. However, there is hope.

Here’s what to do next:

I have no doubt that you will grow as a manager— even if your team member ends their tenure. At the very least, look at the situation as an opportunity to learn.

Have you found yourself in this situation? What did you do? What happened?

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Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.