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What Makes It So Hard to Let Go and Move On?

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What is that you’re holding on to that keeps you from moving on to something new? What makes it so hard to let go and gracefully transition into the next chapter of your leadership journey or, for that matter, your life?

That’s what I talked about last week in a conversation with Pamela Dennis. She’s the author of a new book called Exit Signs: The Expressway to Selling Your Company with Pride and Profit. Pam was the co-founder of Destra Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that did major change management work at companies like GE, General Motors and Merck. A little over 10 years ago, she sold Destra even though she was young, hugely successful and could have easily kept going. Since then, she’s branched out into education, board work and advising a select group of leaders.

Exit Signs walks you through the steps of how to sell your business but it’s really a lot more than that. It’s a roadmap for anyone who needs to think through what has them doing the same thing over and over even though they recognize that’s keeping them from doing more important or interesting work. When I asked Pam what it is that keeps people stuck in that loop when they know they need to let go and move on, she immediately gave three clear and succinct answers:

  • They’re too busy.
  • It’s too soon.
  • They don’t want to think about it.

Does any of that sound familiar? If it does, you’ll want to listen to our conversation. And, whether you’re a business owner or not, you should check out Exit Signs.

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Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.

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