Helen Green

Moving On

Nothing is forever and unless we accept that change is necessary for us to grow then we are never going to make the most of our chances. So whether you are a small business or a PLC organisation there comes a time when people need to move on.

This need to reshuffle personnel equally applies at the top as at every other level within the organisation; perhaps particularly so when a CEO is involved. Businesses evolve and change and the CEO who takes a business to one level is not always the right person to move the business on to the next development phase. For example, at the time of writing, Harriet Green’s departure from Thomas Cook has just been announced. Widely credited as turning the group around from a parlous state Ms Green told the BBC “I always said that I would move on to another company with fresh challenges once my work was complete. That time is now.”

One of the key attributes of a great leader is the ability to model the way. But every leader brings their own qualities and abilities to the task and sometimes the qualities which are right for one phase of the journey are not ideal when the roadmap changes. Knowing and understanding when it is time to move on can be as important as leadership itself.