If you are a change manager, read on..
Being an agent of change means you must understand the importance of timing. To understand how long an improvement strategy will take, to be able to extract yourself swiftly, and to ensure what you leave is sustainable, are all important considerations.
Stay around too long and you may lose focus on your personal vocational objectives. If you value setting goals and achieving the objectives, sooner or later you will run out of things that light your fire. You start to re-engineer the strategies that you have already put in place.
Also, you will, in all probability, stifle the newly created air of possibility that the staff are now breathing. You are there to energize, to inspire and to lead a step change. Once the team have hit the deck running isn’t it time to let them carry the baton forward?
Is it not better to set it up to work perfectly without you and leave the enterprise in the best possible shape?
There are no prizes offered to those that boast about the Enterprise failing once they leave.
I think that Nanny McPhee summed it up perfectly:
“There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It’s rather sad, really, but there it is.”