Dave Heenan

Episode 81: May 2, 2017

Leaving on Top

We've all seen it: The CEO, the leader, the athlete, who continue in the role despite the fact their best days are clearly behind them. Clinging to a role in which you're no longer effective can tarnish an otherwise outstanding career and reputation. For many professionals, knowing when to leave or move on can be extremely difficult. Dave Heenan is a career executive, educator, and author of the book "Leaving On Top: Graceful Exits for Leaders," where he examines many ways leaders approach the end of their tenure. He joins us today to share what he learned about the psychological challenge of leaving a leadership position.

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Show Notes
  • What does it mean to "leave on top"
  • How did Johnny Carson's retirement contrast with that of Ed McMahon's
  • Does leaving on top have to do with age
  • How much of knowing when to exit is psychological
  • What are the four exiting types
  • Why do retired leaders positions
  • How important is believing lifestyles and careers can be elastic
  • How do you know when it's time to leave a position
  • Should consideration for successors be a factor
  • Are there differences between men and women in regards to exiting a position

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