If you’ve worked in the HR trenches long enough you’ve seen it: the horrible, god-awful, grace-less exit from the company. Maybe it’s the call center guy who starts screaming during the termination meeting or maybe it’s the senior executive who emailed the entire company, either way, it’s not pretty for anyone and no one comes out looking good.
This past week though we saw something different come out of…professional sports. In recent years athletes have not exactly been professional when leaving their teams (for example Lebron James who managed to take over Art Modell‘s place as king of jerks in Cleveland), but in Peyton Manning we witnessed a graceful and professional exit.
Anyone watching the video below can see how difficult it is for him to talk. Regardless of how he feels about the organizations choice to cut him, he talks in a humble, graceful and professional manner (the tears can be forgiven):
Talk about a tough situation. Despite the rumored tensions Peyton manages to end things in a graceful manner. I wish more people had the wisdom to see that when bad news is delivered it’s best to bow out gracefully. Thank you Peyton for keeping it classy.