What do you see # 16 “You have big shoes to fill !”

You may have seen in many situations, that a new person who is replacing someone in a position is faced with a lot of expectations. The newcomer is constantly measured up against the predecessor and often (if only out of loyalty) found wanting.

“You have big shoes to fill ” is a refrain that you sometimes hear too often. It is intimidating and discouraging. Although I have never been on the receiving end of this kind of situation, I can realise how difficult it must be.

The object of this tirade is to remind people to welcome new colleagues or neighbours with an open mind and not compare them with their predecessors. Each person has unique talents and abilities and you must be given the opportunity to prove them.

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Dear friends, in the memory of our dear Hélène I have decided to continue this challenge. I will post a new challenge on 12:00 am PST, every Monday morning. Rules; You can write a post on your blog and create a ping back to link to the original post. Write an original story, poem or […]

via What do you see # 16 February 10, 2020 — Keep it alive

13 thoughts on “What do you see # 16 “You have big shoes to fill !”

  1. So true! Last year, one of our longest, hardest-working, most valuable, and dearly loved leaders retired. I can only imagine how difficult it’s been for the person who now has the job, and I’ve done my best to be supportive. Your post has motivated me to try a little harder.

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    1. That is really good to hear.

      At a place I used to work several years ago, a popular senior colleague was transferred somewhere else. The person who replaced him was treated with skepticism and wariness. He turned out to be an even nicer person than the one he had replaced. This post was inspired by this.

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