Transitioning to your greater self

Through our Recruitment and Careers services, we work with talented business leaders interested in moving on from their current role. Sometimes, there are difficult reasons for the transition that leave our clients wondering how they will navigate the process. Here are our top tips for transitioning out of trouble and successfully moving on to pastures new:


  1. Deal with the issue head on

It is better to be proactive in managing your reputation. You can start by considering the following scenario: you are in the selection process for your next executive role at the Director of HR is taking up references. You have no control over who they will speak to on the telephone when they do. What would be the story that is given? What would the CEO say about you? What would the CFO say about you? If there’s a potential problem, consider the events that led up to the issue, others’ perceptions of the situation, and then consider your version of accounts.


  1. Lead with the problem

We believe that it always best to be upfront with your head-hunter or potential employer by taking the bull by the horns and leading with the problem using this formula:


This is who I am.

If you ring this person you will get this story.

This is what happened.


Explain the event that caused the issue as factually as possible. Tell them what you believe the CEO will say about you. Tell them what you believe the CFO would say about you. Then give your version of accounts and how this has influenced your decision to move.


  1. Do not let your past hold you back from your ideal next move

Lack of confidence or fear or judgement will hinder your ability to plan your right move. There may be an element of escaping or perhaps the temptation to settle for less that you are worth in order to move on. In both cases, it is worth enlisting the support of a professional who will be able to provide a third-party-perspective who will be able to help you to transition in your new role. For more about this, see our previous blog post Who Can You Trust?


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