Leaving on Top: Graceful Exits for Leaders [NOOK Book]

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Saying gooDavies-Blackye to a career is never easy — deciding whether to leave or stay can be one of the hardest decisions a leader will ever make. Filled with professional sketches and sage advice, David Heenan’s Leaving on Top: Graceful Exits for Leaders is a rare book that explores this delicate topic. Profiling over twenty top figures in fields as diverse as business, government, sports, and entertainment, Leaving on Top reveals the secrets to excelling in one of life’s most formidable challenges: the ...
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Leaving on Top: Graceful Exits for Leaders

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Overview

Saying gooDavies-Blackye to a career is never easy — deciding whether to leave or stay can be one of the hardest decisions a leader will ever make. Filled with professional sketches and sage advice, David Heenan’s Leaving on Top: Graceful Exits for Leaders is a rare book that explores this delicate topic. Profiling over twenty top figures in fields as diverse as business, government, sports, and entertainment, Leaving on Top reveals the secrets to excelling in one of life’s most formidable challenges: the graceful exit. Learn from software mastermind Bill Gates and TV personality Oprah Winfrey, who mastered the fine art of quitting at the top of their game by gracefully transitioning into the next phase of their lives. The decision to bid adieu, therefore, should always begin with the question: Will I contribute more today and tomorrow than yesterday? If not, the timing is right to enter the next stage of life. Let Leaving on Top guide you to the next venture in your distinguished career.
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“In this well-timed book, David Heenan explores the art of the sweetly timed exit. A well-respected corporate executive, business-school dean, and former Marine, he has encountered his own share of successful sayonaras. It is this authenticity that allows him to lay out a comprehensive road map—a set of directions any of us can follow.”—From the Foreword by Leadership Guru Warren Bennis

“Leaving on Top explores how to deal with the trauma of quitting when you're ahead and stepping up to the challenges of the next stage of life. Must read.”—Michael O’Neill, Chairman of Citigroup

“In Leaving On Top, Dave Heenan explains how to make a graceful exit.”—Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and co-founder of America Online (AOL)

“Leaving On Top shows how to make a fool of the grim reaper—or at least earn his respect.” —Jim Bouton, former New York Yankee pitcher and author of the classic Ball Four

“Leaving On Top shows how bidding farewell is not the end of the line, but, instead, how one can use it to open doors to a rich, new life. This book is a practical and usable road map to dealing with a timely and important subject.” —Tom Leppert, Former Mayor of Dallas and CEO of Turner Corp.

“Why do some senior leaders ‘get out while they're on top’ while others ‘overstay their welcome’? Dave Heenan thoughtfully probes this question and comes up with some great ideas that will help all of us gracefully face that inevitable moment.” —Jerry Porras, Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change Emeritus, Stanford Business School and co-author of Built to Last.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857889383
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

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David Heenan's Leaving on Top reveals the secrets to excelling in one of life's formidable challenges: the graceful exit.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword Warren Bennis xv

1 Time's Up 1

2 Letting Go Anne Mulcahy John Calley 19

3 Founding Fathers Howard Schultz Richard Kelley 35

4 Still in the Game John Gagliardi Joe Gibbs 53

5 Fighting Back George Foreman Mike Tyson 71

6 After the Gold Eric Heiden Dara Torres 87

7 Broadcast News Vin Scully Bob Uecker 103

8 Senior Statesmen Tom Coburn Daniel Akaka 117

9 Creative Genius Michael DeBakey Harry Gruber 133

10 The Entertainer: A Survivor's Guide Betty White Jimmy Dean 149

11 Exit Laughing Johnny Carson Ed McMahon 163

12 Leaving On Top 179

Notes 193

Index 227

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