What do Super Bowl Sunday and Changing Jobs Have in Common?

Winning in the NFL Playoffs can be a blessing and a curse for a franchise. The unfortunate reality of advancing in the playoffs is that a team risks losing their coaching staff to promotions for other teams who aren't performing as well. Case in point, Brian Flores. Learn the takeaways from his transition process and others when changing jobs.

This season, the Miami Dolphins chose to change coaches and fire Head Coach Adam Gase. After interviewing several coaches around the league, the Dolphins appear to have settled on New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores. League rules allow a team to commit to a head coach but prevent the Dolphins from formally announcing Flores as Head Coach. All sources indicate that it's a done deal.

Flores has one issue, his team keeps winning. Since he cannot be formally announced as coach until the completion of the Patriots season, Flores has several time management challenges. He must put together a coaching staff in Miami while still maintaining his responsibilities with the New England Patriots as they prepare for the Super Bowl. Flores is making this transition flawlessly. His defense shutout the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense in the first half of their recent game allowing the Patriots to grab an early lead and eventually win the AFC Championship. In addition, he has been reaching out to coaches and is assembling a coaching staff in Miami. While managing everything, Flores has not mentioned Miami to the media to avoid a distraction for the Super Bowl.

The lesson Flores teaches us is to not burn bridges with your former employer. When transitioning to another employer, it is important to make sure your job responsibilities don’t fall by the wayside. In addition to Flores' story, below are four ways to make sure the transition from your previous company goes smoothly:

Be prepared to field a counteroffer. Your company is likely going to offer you a counteroffer. This is a situation in which they feel threatened by you leaving. Bottom line never accept a counteroffer.

Recommend others who could be a good fit for your role. Include people who currently work at your company and people who you know in the industry that you feel could replace you.

Develop a written transition plan. Think about who can assume tasks, responsibilities, and projects that you are now handling. There might be some projects that might need to be postponed or deferred to a later date.

Compile a list of your important contacts. This list should include name, title, context, e-mail, and telephone numbers. Assuming your employer decides to replace you, this will be helpful to your replacement.

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