2 Letting Go and Moving On

If you are like many CEOs—you may start laughing as you read some of the examples in this memo—you may be remembering how crazy other executives acted when it was time for them to leave. Personal difficulties with transition are very easy to observe in others, but they are very hard to see in the mirror.

Almost all of the leaders who I have met assure me that they will be different. They confidently assert that they will have no problems letting go. You are probably delusional enough to believe that you too will be different. Take my word for it: while your desire for uniqueness may be theoretically possible, it is statistically unlikely.

Letting Go Is Hard to Do

In getting ready for your transition to “life after being ...

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