Over the years as a business consultant I have had the opportunity to talk with many owners and senior executives about the next steps in their business careers.These conversations are very poignant and indeed extremely introspective. They are often approached somewhat sub-rosa and naturally conducted outside of their respective organizations. The leaders are generally very sensitive to not burdening their staff or family with their dilemma.
The reality is everyone knows what you’re thinking, because it is the natural order of things. Often subtle changes in; behavior, energy, sense of urgency, absence from work, strategic thinking, all portent something is afoot.
The core theme is an inevitable examination of where do I go from here and when. It frequently entails the transitioning of roles and responsibilities to other family members or a management team. The discussion and analysis also includes just selling the whole enterprise, thus avoiding the intrinsic complications of transitioning.
While the mental strain continues a far more insidious dilemma is the “elephant in the living room”, what will I do for the rest of my life?
Most owners and senior executives have immersed themselves in their careers as their life’s work, their ego, self- identity, energy, and worth as a human being are inextricably bound up it the business.
They obsess and ruminate over:
We all need a purpose as we move on to a new stage in our life. There are infinite possibilities if we recognize the next step isn’t an ending, but rather a new beginning in life’s journey.
Embrace the change, take your passion and experience along for the ride, they will stand you in good stead!
Your family and business will positively respond to your new direction.
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