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CEO Farewell Speech or Letter: Here’s A Very Simple And Pain Free Way To Write A Memorable Leaving Speech Even If You Are Not Great With Words Or You Are As Busy As A Bee

 

Are you the CEO, President, Manager, Boss or Director of your organization? 

 

If you nodded yes to any of that, then you are in the right place because I am going to share with you

  • How you can write a memorable CEO, President, Boss, Manager goodbye speech without trying so hard
  • How you can use farewell speech templates to help you say something before leaving the office

…plus a whole lot more ideas and tips you can use to make an outgoing speech that your staff and employees will forever remember.

 

Can This Be Really True?

 

They say life is very short and feeling. But when it comes to working in a place where everyone feels like family, then life can be very, very short at the workplace.

 

Well, it seems like only yesterday that you were picked to lead the firm. Back then, you were in high spirits and  eagerly looking  forward to serving with love, passion, integrity, humility, compassion, and hard work.

 

Goodbye speech by CEO

 

You worked in earnest to raise the bar high! All too soon you have to walk out the door after a long, tireless, and dedicated tenure. Your departure reminds me of the phrase that all life is a stage and when we have played our parts, we will exit.

 

So, it’s only natural for your bosses, co-workers, and employees to come together to  celebrate you for your dedication and hard work.

 

As they smile at you, sing your praises, hug you tight and probably shed some happy and sad tears before sending you off, you will be asked to say a few words before you leave the office.

 

Well, speech making has always been part of your communication repertoire and you shouldn’t just wing it. Wouldn’t it be so nice if your CEO, President, Boss, Manager, farewell sounds graceful, reconciliatory, inspiring, witty, and appreciative?

 

Well, if you can make it a little funny, then you will leave everyone with tears of joy. But, can you do it?

 

I am sure by now you might be wondering how you can easily come up with a great farewell message that totally encapsulates all those virtues.   It’s actually easy.  I know you are short on time, so I will make things a lot easier for you.

 

This Is How to Start Your Farewell Message

 

If you have never given such a speech before, then it’s best to get your feet wet by watching a few video clips about how outgoing speeches are made. I scoured the net and found these amazing examples at youtube.com.

 

Please take a few minutes to watch both clips to see how these brilliant speakers delivered their messages and see if you can in a way work in some of the contents into your own speech.

 

Here you go:

 

CEO, President, Boss, Manager, etc. farewell speech example (video#1)

 

 

CEO, President, Boss, Manager, etc. farewell message sample (video#2)

 

 

I hope you took home some ideas from watching those clips?

 

Now, let’s look at these written samples since they are like Siamese twins with videos.

 

The former gives you an idea of what to expect and the latter reinforces the ideas raised in the videos.

 

So, first and foremost, let’s look at these written examples. Then, we will break it down bit by bit so we can figure out what went into writing them so you can organize your thoughts into a great parting or leaving speech. 

 

Let’s start with a letter and the speech itself will follow it. 

 

Here you go:

For our study, here’s a simple but profound goodbye letter Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent to her employees when she was about to leave the firm. Please read through it carefully.  Here’s a full text of her goodbye letter she posted on Tumblr.

 

323 days ago, we announced that Verizon would be acquiring Yahoo's operating business. Today, I can announce that the transaction has officially closed. While reaching this moment has certainly been a long road traveled, it marks the end of an era for Yahoo, as well as the beginning of a new chapter – it's an emotional time for all of us.

 

Director farewell speech

 

Given the inherent changes to my role, I'll be leaving the company. However, I want all of you to know that I'm brimming with nostalgia, gratitude, and optimism.

 

It's been my great honor and privilege to be a part of this team for the last 5 years. Together, we have rebuilt, reinvented, strengthened, and modernized our products, our business, and our company.

 

Looking back on my time at Yahoo, we have confronted seemingly insurmountable business challenges, along with many surprise twists and turns. I've seen our teams navigate these hurdles and mountains in ways that have not only made Yahoo a better company, but also made all of us far stronger.

 

During these past 5 years, we've built products that delight our users, focused on our clients' businesses, driven substantial value for our shareholders, and endeavored to make Yahoo the absolute best place to work. I want to take a moment to remind you of some of our many achievements together. They are remarkable, and we should all be very proud.

 

To our users: We have enhanced our products to be far more modern and engaging, especially for mobile

To our advertisers: We completely rebuilt our advertising business, putting our clients first

To our shareholders: Our stock has hit a 17-year high, more than tripling since July 2012

To our shareholders: Our stock has hit a 17-year high, more than tripling since July 2012

 

As I look back on these achievements, I want to sincerely thank every single Yahoo employee, past and present, for your contributions both large and small. I'm tremendously grateful for all of the hard work and the many sacrifices you've made.

 

We always endeavored to do the right thing for our users, advertisers, shareholders, and fellow Yahoos. This has required the most impressive displays of teamwork, innovation, and resilience I've ever seen, and working with you has made my time as CEO nothing short of a privilege.

 

Finally, I want to thank our founders, Filo and Jerry. Every entrepreneur's wildest dream is to change the world with their ideas, and you've done just that. From day one, your tenacity and whimsy helped create one of the most special companies of all time – one that has employed more than 175,000 people, generated over $77B in revenue, and has informed, connected, and entertained a large portion of humanity.

 

You've inspired all of us with your brilliance, values, and passion, and I will forever be in awe of you and I will forever be your biggest fan :-)

Yaho-o-oo!

Marissa

 

 

 

Now, let’s look at this farewell sample speech delivered by the president of the Lake Head University.

 

Afterwards, we will break it down so you can figure out what went into it and how you can use the take home lessons to write your own farewell message.

 

The ideas you will discover from my review of this example can be applied to whatever kind of speech you are thinking of delivering.

 

So, please keep reading on for more tips and ideas to you help say what is really on your mind.

 

Bonjour.

Bouzhoo ahnin.

It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead this university for the past seven and a half years.

I still remember, vividly, walking into Senate chambers for the first time, nearly eight years ago, with my wife Judy and two little daughters: Cecilia and Isabel.

Full of hopes and full of dreams.

Walking into a new job.

Walking into a new adventure.

Walking into a new mission.

I remember the warmth and hospitality of all the people in the community.

 

I remember mentioning, in passing, during my announcement speech, curiosity over a special pastry that I had been told about called a "Persian";

A unique specialty only found in Thunder Bay I was told — a local delicacy.

Only to find myself, a few hours later, with dozens of these pastries, lovingly packed for air travel by my new benefactors and especially designed as treats for my daughters.

 

I remember the wide-eyed expression on my daughters' faces when they saw packages of these childhood delicacies.

And the face of panic on Judy when she mentally calculated the quantities sugar content of each pastry.

To my shock and dismay, they were all consumed.

 

Bedtime routines were more challenging for the next few days, as we had to manage the sugar rushes.

Well, the kindness and generosity did not end there, for the next few months an army of volunteers helped us to prepare for our final arrival and then they helped us to settle in in August 2010.

Many kind people welcomed us as if we had been active members of the community for years in both Thunder Bay and Orillia.

We were home!

And the adventure began.

 

What no one will tell you, and few will ever admit, is that being a University President is as much about leadership abilities and management skills as it is a vocation of the heart.

 

It is as much about being smart and working hard as it is about having love and being passionate, and compassionate.

 

It is as much about reading briefing notes, countless emails and attending many meetings and events, as it is about listening and having empathy. It is as much about thinking as it is about feeling. And if the thinking and the feeling work together, they are a very powerful force indeed.

 

An overwhelming powerful force, when combined with commitment and purpose. An overwhelming powerful force when others see what you see and feel what you feel. An overwhelming powerful force when you have a true cause.

 

That is leadership. When you are in that office, you see both human potential for success and the possibility for waste.

 

You see what could be good for people and communities if you only work hard enough on their behalf. You see what could change lives if you are only clever enough to find the right way to reach out and the resources to fund them.

 

You see what could make a difference in this world when people work together. We have changed the world. When you get to be president, you have countless challenges and surprises.

 

You solve problems every day.

You are challenged every day,

Part of you carries the burden of leadership, worrying about making the right decisions.

Part of you carries the potential of leadership, dreaming about the right possibilities.

 

Lakehead University is more than the sum of its parts.

During the seven and a half years as your President, this University has been transformed.

During the seven and a half years as your President, I have been transformed.

The University is more than the sum of its parts.

And Because of that I have become more than the sum of my parts.

Thanks to you.

Thanks to all of you.

 

A lifetime of experiences, education and hard work came into contact with an extraordinary institution, and the amazing people who inhabit it,

And the remarkable communities who support it.

And we made magic together.

We have changed the world.

When I walk through the campus and I see our students, I see in each and every face, the potential for a life to be transformed.

 

Professional transformation;

Personal transformation;

Community transformation;

Societal transformation.

 

When I walk throughout the campus and talk to our outstanding faculty, or visit their labs, or see them engaged in the classroom with students, I see their dedication, their hard work, their struggle, their passion, and their love...

For their work.

For their impact on society,

For their students,

For their personal commitment to produce knowledge, and for their passion to disseminate that knowledge.

 

It is not easy juggling publication deadlines, research challenges administrative duties, class notes to prepare, community service to deliver.

Yet they are unwavering about their commitment to their students.

That is what we are known for:

The dedication of our faculty and their outstanding research.

When I walk around campus, and I see our staff fixing and cleaning the buildings, making and serving the food, helping and guiding the students with their needs, talking to our students, gauging their mood and stress levels, listening to their problems, and showing care and compassion.

I see their love for this University.

I see their sense of duty.

I see their pride.

 

When I travel across the country and around the world, and meet with our remarkable alumni, I see in their eyes their passion for Lakehead, I see gratitude for their great education, I see nostalgia for their time here, And I see their commitment to their Alma Mater.

 

Whether they graduated last year, or fifty years ago, they have Lakehead in their eyes.

This is what makes Lakehead special.

This is what makes Lakehead great.

This is what makes Lakehead.

Lakehead is more than the sum of its parts.

A university education transformed my life.

 

It transformed me personally.

It transformed me professionally.

It transformed my family.

It transformed my community.

And, it transformed countless people around me.

 

Just think of the transformational force of this experience embodied in the over 60 thousand Lakehead Alumni around the world;

How it ripples though individuals, families and communities like a powerful and unstoppable force of nature.

Think of the force that travels throughout our country,

Think of the force that travels across the world.

Think of that, and you are thinking of Lakehead University.

We have changed the world.

There is so much for us to be proud of...

Nearly 60% of Lakehead Graduates, are first generation graduates.

We were the first University in the country to implement an indigenous content requirement in our curriculum.

 

CEO farewell speech to employees

 

We were the first University in the country to appoint a Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives, and a chair on truth and reconciliation.

We appointed Canada's first Aboriginal woman as Dean of a Faculty of Law.

We have established an aboriginal mentorship program.

For three years in a row, we have been designated Canada's top research university in our category.

 

We have opened the doors to the world.

We have attracted over a thousand new international students.

We have built a new English Language program.

We have opened new opportunities for studying abroad for our students.

We established the first ever Office of Human Rights & Equity.

We have opened Alumni chapters across this country and around the world.

We opened a new Faculty of Law.

 

We renewed our partnership with Confederation College.

We have created a new partnership with Georgian College.

We have opened an office in Toronto.

Thanks to the support and generosity of our Federal and provincial governments, as well as the support of kind donors and alumni, we have built:

A new campus in Orillia.

A lovingly restored Port Arthur Collegiate Institute Building.

A new state of the art daycare.

A 25-million-dollar Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Science.

A new learning commons in the library.

A fully renovated Student Central

A new International Center.

 

New STATE OF THE ART immersive telepresence classrooms that connect our two campuses.

A new Alumni Commons on both campuses.

These are just a some of the exceptional things that we in this room have done together

We have changed the world.

So many of you made my journey at Lakehead one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

 

For that, I wish to thank you all.

First, our faculty:

Your dedication and commitment to Lakehead have been a constant source of strength and inspiration.

As I have so often said if our students are the lifeblood of Lakehead, it is our faculty who are the heart.

 

I would like to express my admiration of your commitment to teaching excellence and your devotion to providing our students a world class education in an environment which is nurturing and supportive of the learning experience.

The Lakehead student experience is second to none because of you.

 

To our Deans, Chairs, Directors and other senior administrators, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your leadership and guidance. I could always count on you for sound advice and tireless support.

 

To the Chairs and members of our Ogimaawin–Aboriginal Governance Council, my deepest gratitude for guiding our University's continuing efforts to support First Nation, Inuit, and Métis' higher education goals.

 

Thank you for teaching me.

Thank you for showing me how to dream.

Miigwetch.

To the Chancellors whom I have had the pleasure of working with during my time as president: Dr. Arthur Mauro, Dr. Derek Burney, and now Dr. Lyn McLeod...

 

Thank you for your mentorship, patience and guidance, as well as your tireless work on behalf of Lakehead, has helped to transform us in the past few years.

 

To the wonderful communities in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, and Orillia and Simcoe County...

 

From the moment of our arrival, you embraced my family and I and instantly made us part of your own lives with warmth, kindness and generosity. You have done so with unwavering support and countless acts of kindness. You will always be a part of us.

 

To our hard-working federal, provincial, county and municipal representatives of all political stripes, past and present, I want to extend my sincerest thanks, not only for helping us with the many challenges and opportunities that we have faced, but for your commitment to Lakehead's educational, social and economic goals.

 

I have seen up close how hard our representatives work for Lakehead and I want to express my thanks for their work on our behalf.

 

To the thousands of alumni and donors who give so generously and selflessly to the University to help with our many needs, thank you for your faith in us and thank you for not only making us a better university but a more caring and fair one.

 

You have transformed lives.

We are very fortunate to have strong and vibrant First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities who support us and guide us, who teach us and enlighten us, and who firmly root us in the culture and history of these beautiful traditional lands.

Thank you for supporting the University, thank you for reminding us of our social mission and thank you for giving us renewed purpose. You are our past and you are our future.

 

Finally, to my employer: David, and Lakehead University's Board of Governors. {Ad libbed text}


To everyone...

It has been one of my greatest privileges to work with you all.

 

For all that we have done, there is more to be done.

We can still change the world.

We have children in this city, children in Northwestern Ontario and children in Simcoe County.

 

Our children.

Our future.

Very smart children.

Very deserving children.

That need our help.

That need our support.

Their future is our future.

 

And so today, as we all celebrate what we have achieved together, let us make a commitment to our collective future, let us support the achievements of our youth.

Let us support the Achievement Program.

We can change the world.

Thank you.

 

Ok, Let’s Start With An Easy One

 

As with every speech, your introductory remarks come first. In case you have forgotten about it, here’s a reminder of the text for the example we are looking at.

 

Bonjour.

Bouzhoo ahnin.

It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead this university for the past seven and a half years.

I still remember, vividly, walking into Senate chambers for the first time, nearly eight years ago, with my wife Judy and two little daughters: Cecilia and Isabel.

Full of hopes and full of dreams.

Walking into a new job.

Walking into a new adventure.

Walking into a new mission.

I remember the warmth and hospitality of all the people in the community.

I remember mentioning, in passing, during my announcement speech, curiosity over a special pastry that I had been told about called a "Persian";

A unique specialty only found in Thunder Bay I was told — a local delicacy.

Only to find myself, a few hours later, with dozens of these pastries, lovingly packed for air travel by my new benefactors and especially designed as treats for my daughters.

I remember the wide-eyed expression on my daughters' faces when they saw packages of these childhood delicacies…

 

Farewell speech by boss

 

If you have ever read many leaving speeches, you will realize that most of them contain one or more of the elements seen above :

First of all, he starts by greeting the audience.

 

Ceo farewell speech greetings

 

 

In some organizations, there’s so much love and acceptance that people see each other as family and have cool nicknames they call each other.

If you happen to find yourself working in such a firm, you can make the atmosphere very lighthearted by throwing in some jokes.

 

For example, you can begin your outgoing speech with this:

 

Director ceo farewell speech introduction

 

 

After a short self-introduction, you then go on to talk about how you felt when you started working at the firm or how you felt when you were tapped for the post.

Well, you can make your opening remarks funny by throwing in a good joke or a statement. Here’s an example that always works in every situation.

 

Welcome everybody,

I’m delighted to see you all here today. But to be honest, it feels a bit strange that we’re all here to mark my departure from GN. Because I haven’t gone yet! I’ll be here until 1 October, my birthday.

And anybody who has been closely following GN, knows that there’s still a lot to be done before you leave!!!

 

Can we do this together? More like your speechwriting homework assignment. Ok, let’s go.

 

Please grab your pen and journal or note pad and write down a few memories you can remember when you were first recruited and narrow it down to just one or two ideas you think would be very helpful.  

 

This is what I want us to look at next:

How to Organize Your Thoughts and Ideas into a Great Send Off Speech

After working on the introductory remarks, you have to merge your reflections, experiences, success stories, setback and rebounds into a story that captures the essence of your leadership and management skills.

 

Do you know how you can do that? It’s very simple.  Once again, please let’s go back and re-read the body of the sample speech above  to get an idea of how we can bring those pieces together nicely.

 

What no one will tell you, and few will ever admit, is that being a University President is as much about leadership abilities and management skills as it is a vocation of the heart.

It is as much about being smart and working hard as it is about having love and being passionate, and compassionate.

It is as much about reading briefing notes, countless emails and attending many meetings and events, as it is about listening and having empathy.

It is as much about thinking as it is about feeling.

And if the thinking and the feeling work together, they are a very powerful force indeed.

An overwhelming powerful force, when combined with commitment and purpose.

An overwhelming powerful force when others see what you see and feel what you feel.

An overwhelming powerful force when you have a true cause.

That is leadership.

When you are in that office, you see both human potential for success and
the possibility for waste.

You see what could be good for people and communities if you only work hard enough on their behalf.

You see what could change lives if you are only clever enough to find the right way to reach out and the resources to fund them.

You see what could make a difference in this world when people work together.

We have changed the world.

When you get to be president, you have countless challenges and surprises.

You solve problems every day.

You are challenged every day,

Part of you carries the burden of leadership, worrying about making the right decisions.

Part of you carries the potential of leadership, dreaming about the right possibilities.

Lakehead University is more than the sum of its parts.

During the seven and a half years as your President, this University has been transformed.

During the seven and a half years as your President, I have been transformed….

 

Did you learn a thing or two from that snippet? I hope so. I got several great ideas from it and I want to share them with you.

 

First, this farewell speech starts with a somber reflection on what the duties of the company’s president or CEO are

 

‘’What no one will tell you, and few will ever admit, is that being a a University President is as much about leadership abilities……………’’

 

 

Action Tip: Can you share with your staff and employees what it really feels like to be the CEO or president has been like over the years?  Please write down in your journal.

 

Here’s an example of based on that.

 

My daughter came over the other day and said, Dad, being a CEO must be a tough job. You are only a young man but you have greyed faster. What’s your secret? I remember mumbling to myself....do I have any secret to share with her? I breathed out loud and said…

 

I actually should have greyed earlier because I have a very demanding job. But I have got a fantastic staff who gives me less to think about.  One of them actually got me a hair dye on my last birthday and has been using it since then….That probably explains why I have a few white hairs!

 

That sounds funny, right? Ok, let’s go on!

 

Next, write down what you’ve been through on the job as you can see in the above extract.

 

 

That summary depicts the challenges or hurdles, lessons learned, what you see in their future, and send off gift. The content here is basically a summary of what your stewardship has been like.  

 

You see,  ideas are all swimming in your head but the problem lies in how to bring your scattered thoughts and ideas together into a very powerful message that will make your leaving speech one to remember.

 

I want to make things fairly easy for you. So, this is what I want you to do. Grab your pen and notepad or journal and kindly provide answers to the following questions.

 

Success and Achievements

  1. What memorable feats or successes have you gained at the helm?

a.

b.

c.

 

Setbacks and Challenges

  1. Do you remember your rough years? Just jot them down.

a.

b.

 

  1. How did you turn the tide around and how did it make you a better steward? Lessons learned?

a.

b.

  1. What do you see in the organization’s future as you leave for good?

a.

b.

 

  1. What is your parting message for your employees? Here you can inspire them, give them gifts, and wish them well.

 

  1. What are your words of gratitude? And whom do you want to say thank you to? Please put down their names and why you want to express appreciation to them. Here’s an example

 

CEO farewell thank you speech

a.

b.

 

Action Tip: Having provided answers to those questions,  just compose a rough draft of your speech. You can later go back to edit and refine it until you are completely happy with what you have written.

President farewell speech to staff