[MMM] When to Leave – Lessons from Stephen Harper’s Defeat

Nov 16, 2015  – The Right Time to Say Goodbye

Good Monday morning,
John Brzenk probably doesn’t come to mind with the likes of Michael Jordan or Sydney Crosby, even though he has been an undefeated world champion for 25 yrs. Count ’em – 25 years.
From 1969 -1985 armwrestling was the highest rated show on ABC sports. Brzenk was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Greatest Armwrestler of All Time”, and is considered a legend. He became the world champion when he was 20 years old with a trifecta combination of strength, speed & endurance.
Those 3 elements just happen to be exactly what we all need to exceed in our career & life.
But what happens when your success begins to slide. When do you leave? That’s a question that everyone has & not just professional arm wrestlers. I am sure Prime Minister Harper & a number of former politicians are asking the same question. Should they have stepped aside a year ago when they were on top?
The question… when to leave? Do you leave when you are on top or do you keep going? I think the core of the question is, what is your motivation for staying? Is it because you are comfortable, not sure of what’s next, or afraid of letting go? All smart high performing professionals have a sense in their gut when it’s time – the next step is to gain the courage to figure out what the next challenge will be.
The irony is that the market will usually “help” you with taking action. Why wait until that point? You have a choice of being proactive & creating a plan to move forward with control and confidence. The reality is that your employer has a sense of when you are plateaued & in many cases a change of role will be imposed upon you.
If this resonates with you, start asking the question: Why am I really staying in this role? Think about what could be next; you will be in a better situation & you will be a more fulfilled person if you take control over the next phase of your career. Nobody wants to leave on a low point, be you the “Greatest Armwrestler of All Time” or the Prime Minister.
You have choices, and options. There is a better future for you.
Staying the course, along the road with you!
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