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The Art of Farewell: Saying Goodbye At Work

July 12, 2023 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

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In the ever-changing landscape of professional life, the ability to gracefully say goodbye is an often underappreciated skill. In this salon hosted by @jasonshen, executive coach and recently departed product manager at Meta, we delve into the art of farewell, exploring the challenges and nuances of parting ways at work while balancing grace and authenticity.

In a world where job-hopping has become increasingly common and remote work blurs the lines between personal and professional relationships, saying goodbye can be an emotional and complex endeavor. From acknowledging the challenges and rewards of working together to navigating difficult goodbyes, we’ll discuss how to part ways with coworkers and professional networks while preserving relationships and leaving a lasting, positive impression.

This salon was inspired by Jason’s experiences in successfully navigating farewells throughout his career, including a recent one at Facebook / Meta, as well as the broader need for guidance in a world where professional transitions are more frequent. Drawing on insights from business, psychology, and communication, we’ll engage in a stimulating discussion about the best practices for saying goodbye in various professional contexts, the emotional impact of parting ways, and the importance of acknowledging both the positive and negative aspects of our work experiences.

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about the art of farewell, the challenges of saying goodbye in professional settings, and the strategies for leaving with grace, dignity, and a positive legacy.


Recommended Readings:

  1. John Carmack’s Goodbye Note to Meta
  2. Jason’s Badge Post / Video
  3. The Art of Saying a Professional Goodbye (HBR)


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July 12, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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