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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Business

I was listening to the radio today and heard Paul Simon’s classic song, Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover and it struck me that in many ways, leaving your business engages very similar emotions to what one must go through to leave a lover. Not that I have much personal experience leaving lovers as I’ve been happily married for 35 years. But I have struggled with the emotional turmoil of leaving a business.

With apologies to Paul Simon, here are a few lines of the song:

“The problem is all inside your head”, she said to me
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free.”

Now, I would suggest that many of these are deceptive and not particularly moral. So I’m not going to recommend them, but they do get the conversation going. And that’s what we need to do. Start thinking about it. Start talking about it. Start doing something about it.

Two I do like are, make a new plan and get yourself free. Part of the planning piece is seeing how many ways you can come up with to leave your business and then choose the one that is right for you and your stakeholders.

Plan, choose, execute and set yourself free.

To get your smile for the day,  watch an amusing video of this song performed by the Muppets at: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover