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New CEO Welcome Speech or Letter To Employees : This Is How Any Incoming CEO Can Easily and Quickly Write an Inspiring Speech That Will Endear You to Your New Staff

 

Are you a new CEO, President, Manager, Boss or Director of a company?  If so, you are at the right place at the right time because in this piece, I am going to share with you tips and ideas about…

 

  • How to write an inspiring new CEO acceptance speech that will earn you the trust of your new staff and employees
  • How to put together your random thoughts and ideas into a great introduction speech
  • How to use CEO welcome speech samples you can model your own message after

…plus a whole lot more

 

Have you been appointed as a new CEO, President, Director or Manager of an organization you are truly passionate about and want to make a difference?

 

If you nodded yes to that, congratulations! What a wonderful blessing to have this new job.  I know you have worked hard to reach this point and I am so happy that you have been recognized for your accomplishment with this new assignment. It’s well-deserved!

 

Whether you have been promoted from within your current firm or tapped from somewhere else, you are going to work with diverse group of workers with different expectations, and your new CEO or welcome speech presents a perfect opportunity to not only make a favorable first impression but to also reassure the staff, board of directors, and employees that you will always be there for them through thick and thin. 

 

This would be one of the most important speeches you will make in your professional since your new employees would always remember what you said in hard times.  So, you better brace yourself for it.

 

How then can you deliver an inspiring CEO acceptance speech that will unify, inspire and reassure your employees and staff?

The following examples are replete with great ideas that can help you do justice to your presentation.

 

First and foremost, let’s study it carefully and then we will break it down bit by bit so we can figure out what went into writing them both. Some bosses prefer writing while others opt for speeches. So, let’s look at them in detail.

 

Now, let’s look at the letter Tim Cook wrote to his employees when he was a new CEO at Apple.  

 

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world.

Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

 

 

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

 

 

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA.

 

 

We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Tim

 

This second example is ex- Microsoft CEO’s letter or email by Satya Nadella.

 

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world.

 

I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference.

 

This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.

It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world.

 

 

I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO, I’ve asked Bill to devote additional time to the company, focused on technology and products. I’m also looking forward to working with John Thompson as our new Chairman of the Board.

 

 

While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more. Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.

 

As we start a new phase of our journey together, I wanted to share some background on myself and what inspires and motivates me.

 

Who am I?

I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences.

 

Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete.

 

I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.

 

 

Why am I here?

 

I am here for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft — to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things. I know it can sound hyperbolic — and yet it’s true. We have done it, we’re doing it today, and we are the team that will do it again.

 

 

I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world.

 

 

This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.

 

This is a software-powered world.

It will better connect us to our friends and families and help us see, express, and share our world in ways never before possible. It will enable businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways. I am here because we have unparalleled capability to make an impact.

 

 

Why are we here?

In our early history, our mission was about the PC on every desk and home, a goal we have mostly achieved in the developed world. Today we’re focused on a broader range of devices. While the deal is not yet complete, we will welcome to our family Nokia devices and services and the new mobile capabilities they bring us.

 

As we look forward, we must zero in on what Microsoft can uniquely contribute to the world. The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past for a mobile and cloud-first world, and do new things.

 

 

We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization. We are the only company with history and continued focus in building platforms and ecosystems that create broad opportunity.

 

 

Qi Lu captured it well in a recent meeting when he said that Microsoft uniquely empowers people to “do more.” This doesn’t mean that we need to do more things, but that the work we do empowers the world to do more of what they care about — get stuff done, have fun, communicate and accomplish great things. This is the core of who we are, and driving this core value in all that we do — be it the cloud or device experiences — is why we are here.

What do we do next?

 

 

To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable.

 

 

This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.”

 

We have picked a set of high-value activities as part of our One Microsoft strategy. And with every service and device launch going forward we need to bring more innovation to bear around these scenarios.

 

 

Next, every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this.

 

 

Finally, I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work. The best work happens when you know that it’s not just work, but something that will improve other people’s lives. This is the opportunity that drives each of us at this company.

 

 

Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.

 

 

And as the new CEO, I can’t ask for a better foundation.

Let’s build on this foundation together.

Satya

 

I think you will agree with me when I say that both examples are excellent speeches you can learn and adapt from.

 

I am sure you might be wondering how you can make the most out of those examples since you are a busy executive.  It’s very simple, really.

 

First, you need to watch a couple of videos to get a fair idea of what to say and how to say it better.

Thankfully, youtube.com has plenty of such videos online to equip you and also help you master your presentation.

By the way, here are two videos you can watch and learn from.

 

New CEO welcome speech sample---(video #1)

 

 

New welcome acceptance speech example --- (video#2)

 

 

Now, let’s begin breaking down the second written example down bit by bit with an eye towards writing our own script.

First, let’s start with the introductory remarks or opening address. Let’s recap excerpts of it so we can be guided every step of the way.

New CEO Speech a

The introduction is always the hardest part to write because your new employees and managers will most likely be judging you by what you say. 

 

So, your opening remarks should be engaging, positive, and even funny without alluding to any seeming tension in the firm (if there is one).

To easily write one that will set the right tone for your tenure and potentially signal your leadership qualities, you can start with one or more of these proven tips and ideas.

 

First, you can simply talk about your excitement about assuming the new managerial position.

 

Second, if you have risen through the ranks to be the overall boss of your organization, then you can share just a little story about what your journey has been like over the years and your ‘’new employees’’ will enjoy every bit of it.

 

Here’s an example from Satya’s introduction speech.

 

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world.

 

I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place…

 

Third, you keep the atmosphere lighthearted by sharing a funny story about what happened when you assumed that position.

 

Let’s look at this example.

My youngest son, Mark has been a fan of comics ever since I can remember. Guess what happened a month ago.

 

When Mark came back from school, he dashed into my room and said, Dad, mom tells me that you are moving to Danny Toys in the fall. Pleeeease (stress it with facial gestures) don’t take up that job!

 

I scowled at him and retorted…’’Let’s make a deal, Mark. If I don’t take it up, then I will change your school and you will miss your friends!

 

He always outdid me.  But he almost pulled this hair out on that.

 

Then he countered through the tears and said dad, I get it. But I understand those guys work tirelessly like wall clocks! Just make sure you don’t wear yourself out!

 

The next day, he tiptoes to my room smiling and says’’ Dad, I have been thinking about your new appointment and I think you should give it a shot. But on one condition that you sack Superman from that cartoon series so I can take over from him.

 

I think I can do better than him as the hero. Do you remember the time I flew from our roof to save a stray cat?  Will you do that?

 

May be! Let’s see what happens! I will probably give it my best shot.

 

At that, he jumped off my bed and fell with a thud!

 

At that, I looked at him once more again and said: Mark, do you still want to take over from Superman?

 

Oh no, I almost sprained my ankle and I think I need more time to train harder before I think of ousting him!

 

Ladies and gentlemen, just like Mark, I thought for so long before taking up this post because I didn’t want to be the next Superman. But someone who will work as hard as Mark put it(like a wall clock) and flow with everyone on the team to make…

 

I am sure you enjoyed this brief example?

 

Fourth, you can adapt this tip used by management consultant and coach Mike Hawkins. He illustrates this with this example.

When I was approached by Stem about taking this position, I had four primary interests: this market …, working for a company with a compelling vision, capitalizing on great capabilities, and working with great people.  o

 

My view of your market is that it has tremendous potential.

 

My view of your vision is that you have it right. My initial view of your capabilities is mixed. You do some things very well and some not so well.

 

But isn’t anything that can’t be improved. Our future is within our control and I look forward to improving our capabilities together.

 

My view of you is that you will be the best people I’ve ever worked with.So that’s why I accepted this position and am excited about being your leader.

 

I’m going to take ninety days to assess our strategy and operations before making any substantive changes.

 

Unless I find something urgent that needs immediate change, I’m going take these first ninety days to get to know you, what you do, and what we all need to do to take this organization to the next level.

 

Now, let’s consider…

 

How you can easily write the body of your CEO welcome speech

 

It sounds easier to write that, right? It seems so simple but most bosses really struggle to put together their random thoughts into a very orderly message.

 

Do you why this happens? It’s because most speakers have years of corporate memories tucked in their brain that they don’t know how to begin or even where to start from.

 

To get your ideas across more clearly and persuasively without sounding stiff like a terrible boss, you need to present your vision in a coherent manner.

Well, we can go back to see excerpts of the above example so we can figure out what to do.

 

Please note that I will be inserting my comments, observations and even asking questions below each extract. You just have to provide answers to the questions asked and use them to craft your own rough speech or message.

 

Ok, please let’s start.

 

Excerpt:

 

‘’I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place…’’

 

Comments: Here, the incoming CEO tells a story of when he was first hired for the job. He reminisces about the good old days from his first day at work until he was appointed to head the firm.

 

This approach is particularly useful if you have picked from within and have decades of hands on experience on the job.

 

Question: If you have been working at the firm so long, what has the years been like? Just write down your experiences (particularly the memorable ones)

 

Let’s continue….

 

We’re still looking at the excerpts…

 

''I’ve been fortunate to work closely with both Bill and Steve in my different roles at Microsoft, and as I step in as CEO………..''

 

Comments: If you are taking over from someone who was really admired and respected by your new employees, you can say something about that person and mention why you also admire him or her. But, please make sure you do that out of a very sincere heart.

 

Questions:

 

  1. Whose big shoes are you stepping into? Please put down his or her name.
  2. What do you really admire about him or her?
  3. Is there something he’s or she’s really known for that you wish to briefly talk about?

 

Please note: If the outgoing CEO had a frosty relationship with the board of directors and even your new employees, then you should keep your words to yourself as there’s no need to scratch an old wound.

 

By the way, please put down answers to the above questions (a-c) and see if you can write a little story out of that.

 

 

Let’s continue by looking at the snippets….

 

''I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids…Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish…''

 

 

Comments: If you are known to be a very warm person or family oriented, then it’s always a great idea to talk about who you are. You could talk about your upbringing, who or what shaped your character, and what your personal work culture is.

 

Here, you can throw in some personal attributes that tie in with your assigned responsibilities as CEO or president of your new workplace.

 

Let's go on with this

 

 ''Why am I here? I am here for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft..''

 

Questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you stand for?
  3. What are your personal ideals?
  4. Why did you take up the post as CEO or Boss of your firm?

 

Again, form a few sentences with your answers.

 

 

Let’s continue….

 

''I believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud…'' 

 

Comments: I read this and realized that this writer is a visionary because we can all see what became of Microsoft in the years ahead.

 

 

As we look forward, we must zero in on what Microsoft can uniquely contribute to the world…

 

 

Questions:

 

  1. What’s your vision for the organization? Your dreams should be in sync with that of your new place of work.

 

  1. What do you expect from your employees and co-workers?

 

  1. Do you have any piece of advice for them?

 

 

  1. Do you have anything to share that will inspire them to work harder?

 

  1. Finally, you can reassure them that you will give them a listening ear and lead with patience, clarity and purpose in times of turmoil.

 

 We are not done yet. Please let's keep at it

''This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission…

Next, every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this…

 Finally, I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work…

 Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.

 And as the new CEO, I can’t ask for a better foundation…''

 

Action Tip or assignment: Now, this is what I want you to do now. Please put all your answers together and just write your speech or letter without worrying so much about how it flows. You can always go back and review it until it comes out much better.

 

 

 


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