News & Blog

Alexander Lloyd features on the BBC

  • March 01, 2013

What can the Catholic Church learn from recruitment?

Following the Pope’s resignation from office, Alexander Lloyd was yesterday invited by the BBC to comment on the Pope’s shock exit and the etiquette of leaving a vacant seat at the top of a large organisation.

BBC 5 Live

BBC 5 Live Breakfast Show’s Rachel Burden quizzed Alexander Lloyd Director Mike Goddard on the right way to go about leaving a top position.  As he explained, the handover is crucial and if leaving on amicable terms, a face-to-face process with the new incumbent will provide a much smoother transition.

BBC World Service

A recruitment specialist within the financial services sector, Mike has vast experience of working with senior figures, a field that the teams at Alexander Lloyd continue to build on within their four niche markets.

Drawing on this experience during his discussion with presenter Dan Damon later that day on the BBC’s World Service programme World Update, he explained to how his Holiness’ shock announcement to the world without informing his senior aides would in a business context, have caused considerable ripples of unease through the work force.  “In a way, his Holiness has made a mistake … when a senior person in any organisation steps down, they should share that information with their senior management team first”.

Dan’s question on the manner of goodbyes and whether you should be “slipping out the back door with your possessions in a bin bag” led Mike to reminisce on previous transitions with which he has been involved.  “Unless there is something detrimental, or they’ve done something to warrant it, I think people should be able to walk out the front door with their head held high.  One thing I’ve learnt from 17 years in my industry is that this world is incredibly small and people you are saying goodbye to today, you could be working with in two or three years.  So you really want to leave an organisation on the best footing that you can.”

Whilst the resignation of a Pope hasn’t happened in centuries, the world of business is ever evolving and transitions are commonplace.  We can all be grateful however that the process of appointing a successor is a little more straightforward than that now facing the Catholic Church.