The Oxford English Dictionary defines a transition as “the process or period of changing from one state or condition to another.” It’s a good description of the perpetual state of pretty much everything in existence. Everything and everyone is constantly changing from one state or condition to another. However, despite this nonstop motion, there are times when bigger transformations become apparent. Today is one of those times for us at nForm.
Today we’re saying goodbye to Johanna Dietrich, our intrepid leader for the past several years. This is a tough transition for those of us who’ve worked with and for Johanna. She’s smart, thoughtful, supportive, passionate about quality, and has a good sense of humour. At least I hope she does when she sees the accompanying photo. But I digress.
A while back, Villanova University published an article called “7 Differences Between a Boss and a Leader”. In it, they describe why bosses and leaders aren’t necessarily the same thing:
- Leaders Lead, Bosses Push
- Leaders Listen, Then Speak
- Leaders Offer Equality
- Leaders Roll Up Their Sleeves
- Leaders Don’t Scold
- Leaders Don’t Need Fear
- Leaders Invest Time
I know I speak for everyone at nForm when I say that Johanna personifies all these qualities and then some. So that’s a tough loss for us.
But another thing true leaders do is not make everything about themselves. They make sure their team learns, stretches, takes on new challenges, and walks a path of experience that helps them become leaders themselves. Johanna has prepared her team, and for that we’re grateful.
Other than taking a break for family time, she doesn’t have any plans. I guess leaders are brave too. Whatever she decides, we know it will be something good and worthwhile.
I don’t know if Johanna will buy a Vespa and a red beret, but you have to admit, that would be pretty cool. I’d love to see her zip past our office on a sunny day, tooting a little horn as she heads to the cafe for a cappuccino. Sure beats diving into another spreadsheet.
Anyway. Today we’re sad. But we’re ready to change from one state or condition to another. Because Johanna made sure we’re capable of it. As good leaders do.
Thanks for everything! All the best! And wear a helmet!