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Prepare Your Exit From the Start (2016)

Graham Ward

"For many executives walking away can be the hardest part of the job"

Organisations are evolving organisms, and the executives that inhabit them like all organic life, ebb and flow on an unpredictable tide. As a leader you need to focus on your successors early in the game. Who does not remember a sponsor, mentor or coach? Doing so will not only underpin the long-term sustainability of your enterprise, it may give you a shot at immortality.

INSEAD Knowledge, 2016

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