Leaving on Top

Leaving on Top, Graceful Exits for Leaders by David Heenan, Nicholas Breasley Publishing, Boston, MA 2012. The author describes the lives of several well-known figures as examples of different ways to approach the transition into late stage life. For some, the transition is staying with the job or career and aging with it, and staying on top. (A very difficult thing to do) Some hang on too long. Some leave and return, and some recognize the time to leave and do so with ease, grace, and happiness. Ten factors are important in making the transition that’s best for you. 1) Know yourself, 2) Know your situation, 3) Take risks, 4) Keep good company, 5) Let go of your ego, 6) Keep learning, 7) Stage your exit, 8) Know when to walk away, 9) Know when to stay put, 10) Start now!

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