Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Indispensable people

"The graveyard is full of indispensable people". That's what a vice president at Westinghouse once told me.

I had described a departing member of my team as 'indispensable' in a staffing meeting. And while, on the surface, the logic of his statement is impeccable, it fails to consider the equally logical and very human nature of the relationships we often form at work.

People come and go in our professional and personal lives. Today, Kim L leaves to pursue what comes next in hers. We'll miss my book she's one of the indispensables.


  1. Well said! We'll all miss Kim's abilities and personality!

  2. We're all like threads in a blanket. Lose one of us, we'll still be a blanket. But losing Kim is like losing the satin fringe. The blanket still works, it's just not what it was.