What a lovely send off her staff gave her, it was so nice that they asked me along, I felt really proud of her as they each said some words around the table about what they'd learned from her, how she was a true leader and a women of immense integrity. They presented her a massive card, everyone that had signed it had wrote huge messages, not just the usual one line "all the best" stuff. There was even sheets of paper stapled in side to make more room., and gufsts just kept coming! Biggest whip round in the organizations history... quite embarrassing on some level. There were laughs, and tears as the mood and conversation continually flipped form gratitude, respect and love of her to what can only be described as devastation at the decision the organization made to let her go. More things came to light that her staff had found out of the last few days about the why's and wherefores of the decision, quite disgusting what they have done and how they went about it, but never mind, that door closed at 5pm Friday so it is on to the next chapter. Circular e-mails were sent from her two "leaders" to all staff to say she was leaving (note that they said leaving, not pushed, so Em was fielding calls and emails from colleagues asking what and where she was going, she put them all straight in that it was not her choice. No one could believe it. Her Heads had only circulated the e-mail to all Victorian Staff only, whereas Em was responsible nationally for many things and was often flying all over country to their different branches, they didn't even know that, that's how detached they are form what she did for the organization. The NSW Director got wind of it and called her on Friday morning as we were driving to the City, he couldn't believe it and said to her the Organization is making some very strange decisions at the moment. Can you believe, after they sent out the mails saying she was leaving, another was sent out to say that had just released funding to engage another external business analyst!!! unreal, and that they had released funds for another full time Marketing position yet they can't find the money to keep key personal on that actually make the place run and ensure they are making money. So, the long and short of it all the people that actually mattered to her are gutted, the send off was fantastic, an absolute love-in and her whole team are actively seeking alternative employment. Her two Heads are coming to the realization of how much work she did and what she did for the place and are now running scared as they have nowhere else to hide. No doubt the place will carry on they'll band-aid it up but it is such a crying shame they have taken what was an organization renowned as the peak body in the game and are slowly strangling it to death. The biggest shame of it is to think how good it could have been had they not got rid of Emma's old Director and Emma and a handful of other superb employees in favor of "mates" and brown nosers, the trouble with that is once you lose all the people that actually give a dam all your left with are the empty all-talk, no substance ones. The place is becoming a laughing stock both within its own ranks and more and more so externally. So, onward and upward, job hunting well underway so lets see where it leads, Hopefully somewhere with people that actually care about where they work and have the brains and ability to run their organizations. I should point out that Em's teams are amazing they have some great talent there right across the organization, it's the "Leaders" that are inept. We have a saying in the UK, "Lions Lead By Donkeys", and it has never been more true than that place. Cheers all, I'll post up any updates once she finds something.