....and goes to a major competitor. Ouch.
We were notified yesterday that our GM/VP has not only left her position, she's going to our major competitor. Two words that I heard [i]a lot[/i] yesterday after the announcement were "[i]betrayal[/i]" and "[i]disgusted[/i]".
I work for a large corporate that's struggled with the rest of them for the past 4-5 years. We've gone through countless downsizings and restructurings, and this GM was appointed about 3 years ago. She had been making steady - but slow - progress with rebuilding morale and trust.
We're faced with getting tossed back to "square one" yet again. As a manager, who frankly, is feeling pretty deflated herself, how can I keep the team focused and [i]believing [/i] that this is another transition that we can weather? Most employees these days have been battered by the constant chaos and transitioning at most companies - so how do you keep delivering the message that as a team, as a company, as employees of this company, we can get through [b][i]yet another [/i][/b][i][b]crisis[/b][/i]?
Two conflicting thoughts that keep drifting through my head are "[i]failure is not an option[/i]" - and "[i]is it time to abandon ship?!" [/i]
Any thoughts on how best to approach this from a manager's perspective will be greatly appreciated.