People across the country will never forget the tearful goodbye from former NBC Today Show anchor Ann Curry. The announcement of her departure from the morning show was no surprise…as news of anchor changes were widely reported in the media. Curry had been under national scrutiny for weeks. There were many questions surrounding her future with NBC and replacement.
The announcement on June 28th. She looked into the camera and poured her heart out to millions of people. As I watched Ann Curry deliver her message…I realized Curry taught all professionals a thing or two about dealing with adversity in the workplace. “I wanted to give you the world…and still do,” Ann Curry said. One of the most important elements Curry taught professionals…ownership. Ownership is critical in the workplace. People are typically more inclined to take full responsibility when tasks, and projects are a success. But, when a task or new role is interpreted as a failure sometimes there’s a natural tendency to shift blame. Like a leader…Curry took responsibility for her role in the situation. It took great courage to tell viewers she hoped to take them to the finish line.
It was refreshing to see core values…values that are needed in the workplace. The first value….loyalty. Curry never even uttered the word loyal. But, loyalty was evident in her tone. And how she carried herself. Despite in-house obstacles…she remained loyal to her viewers and team. Curry valued teamwork. She continuously thanked the people she worked with. In addition to her team…Curry had a huge commitment to her viewers (community). Curry treated them as deserving community members who deserved honesty, and transparency. Curry’s sense of pride and belonging to the community remained.
Above all…Ann Curry taught us the essence of being professional.
Check out this clip of Curry’s departure. Let me know your thoughts.