I was recently coaching an executive who I had been working with within a large corporate. He was known for his quirky ties.
Our first meeting was in a quirky modern hotel so my pre-work for the coaching session was “make sure you wear your coolest tie”.
He didn’t disappoint – I was faced with a yellow Warner Bros. ensemble of Bugs Bunny and wile. E coyote.
Committed. I liked that.
We had a good session, big shifts, ponderings, reflections, articulation of truths and firm denials. He was being made redundant from his role after 28 years. Big changes and hard choices. Heart stopping decisions. Anger. Hurt.
As he rose to leave he started to take off his tie.
I asked why.
He said the company he was being made redundant from didn’t deserve that tie.
He put on a somber, muted dark tie.
And he left.
He left me speechless, he left me sad.
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