Leaving On Top: Graceful Exits for Leaders
by David Heenan
About the Reference
Leaving On Top by David Heenan examines the exits of large corporate C-level executives; identifying the several actions common to graceful departures. David shares ten lessons from successful transitions including:
- Know thyself
- Know thy situation
- Take risks
- Keep good company
- Check your ego at the door
- Keep learning
- Stage your exit
- Know when to walk away
- Know when to stay put
- Start now!
Why You Should Not Buy This Book
Leaving On Top is a niche book focused on large corporation CEOs and celebrities. David makes no effort to translate his departure lessons to fit small company or below CEO-level executives. Furthermore, Leaving On Top is largely a series of stories and does not get to its departure recommendations until Chapter 12. While these are worth considering, David should have presented his ten points up front and dedicated a chapter to each lesson; providing the reader with specific, actionable insights.
Leaving On Top is too niche in its focus and too shallow in its content for most readers. If you are a large corporate CEO, we suggest you read only Chapter 12, an executive summary, or, better yet, call some of your successful peers.
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