The last week or so (this post was written on 3rd December 2017) have seen a couple of high profile departures from Salesforce. First Shawna Wolverton, SVP of Product Management announced she was moving on after 14 years:

Followed shortly by Adam Seligman, EVP Salesforce Platform:

It’s fair to say the reaction of the Salesforce community was mixed — in some cases you’d have been forgiven for thinking the sky was falling in. I think this is a reflection of how much we’ve all bought into the #Dreamjob marketing concept — we simply can’t understand why anyone would leave the mothership, unless there is some kind of conspiracy at hand, so this must be bad news.

Changing jobs is a fact of life, more so than ever in the fourth industrial revolution, where the world of work is constantly changing. I’m sure that Salesforce alumni are in demand, and the bottom line is that although work is important, first and foremost everyone has to do what’s best for themselves and their families. I’m sure both Shawna and Adam had excellent reasons for moving on and I wish them the best of luck with whatever they do in the future.

There’s an old saying “The King is dead, long live the King”, originally used to announce the death of the current monarch and reassure the population that the next in line had already assumed the role. The same thing applies here — these roles and responsibilities won’t simply disappear, they’ll be taken on by others who I’m sure will be equally capable. The main impact on those of us in the community is that we’ll have to establish some new relationships, and working with new people helps us to grow. This isn’t to minimise the impact both of these people have had on the Salesforce ecosystem, they’ll be missed for sure, but the sun will still come up.

So don’t fear the change, embrace it. You never know what opportunities this might open up. The status quo is a comfortable place to be in the short term, but long term it can make things dull!

I’m better known in the Salesforce community as Bob Buzzard — Umpteen Certifications, including Technical Architect, 6 x MVP and CTO of BrightGen, a Platinum Cloud Alliance Partner in the United Kingdom who are hiring.

You can find my (usually) more technical thoughts at the Bob Buzzard Blog

CTO at BrightGen, author Visualforce Development Cookbook, multi Salesforce Developer MVP. Salesforce Certified Technical Architect. I am the one who codes.

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