In 2009, I was presented the challenge of establishing multiple international manufacturing operations for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Four years later, major operations have been established and are delivering helicopter hardware from India, China, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the S-92 global partners in Taiwan, China, Brazil, Spain and Mexico have met the production ramp-up. I was given the opportunity to prove international operations can be established using a robust program management orientation, on-demand domain expertise, virtual leadership, cultural awareness and strict progress gate criteria and metrics. It is now time to return to our Huntington Beach, CA home, enjoy life and see what new challenge presents arises.
When I left Boeing in 2009, I posted a LiaV blog on how to leave a company titled “Exit with Grace.” It was an exploration of the best way to leave a company and I concluded that we should all leave gracefully and truthfully. I get to take my own advice again. That post got 49 comments that varied greatly.
What do you believe is the general rule of advice for an exit?