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Hello community, 

I don't yet have a mentor (I'm working on it!), so I'd like some advice from the community on how to tell my boss I'm resigning.

Thanks to manager tools I've been offered another role doing my current job at a smaller 'start up' firm. They've offered me a 30% pay-rise, amongst other things (parking space, extra holiday, perks etc). What they're doing is exciting and I believe the company will succeed. 

Heres the pickle. I love my current boss. We work together well, I genuinely believe he has my best interests at heart, I have known him for a number of years in different roles (he recruited me into our current company) and I was recently a witness at his wedding.

We have a lot of big important work in the pipeline which I believe I am somewhat important to, and my leaving would definitely hurt these projects. 

How would you approach this situation?


thanks in advance 


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Of course there is. Brilliant, thanks!

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I'll also add that in the midst of the podcast on Managing Through Mergers and Acquisitions, there is a segement about "How to Brief Your Business."

This "hidden gem" within the cast provides an excellent outline on how to deliver a concise brief on your budget, role, and current operation. All of this is excellent material to include in the transition packet as you prepare to leave.

Managing Through Mergers and Acquisitions is also an MT/CT "Hall of Fame" cast.

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Good bosses are hard to find, and I have been reluctant to leave some places for that reason.  That being said, if you decided to leave, then you should.  

My approach would be short, direct, and not getting into the weeds.  It's like a band-aid - needs to be quick and painless.  "I have accepted another job offer and would like to spend some time with you to make a transition plan."

This focus on helping your soon-to-be-previous boss helps push past the "you're leaving me! what did I do wrong?!" stage and on to the important step of planning for your exit.