Change Catalyst

Why Leave Mountain A?

Clear goal:
We have a strong vision for where/what we want to do next.
We can see the top of Mountain B clearly.

The potential for more/something else:
We know we are at the top of this phase of our life or organization. We want more – even if the goal is not clearly defined. And in the words of Marshall Goldsmith ‘What Got us Here Won’t’ Get Us There.’

Someone/something else changes:
Someone who’s life we are close to experiences a big change which effects a great deal or all of our life ie. a tragic debilitating accident, a death, a birth. Something in our internal or external realities change which effect all that we do ie. a key leader departs, our organization is sold or merged, our biggest competitor leap frogs our technology, we buy/partner with another organization etc.

It’s time to leave:
This is very difficult. You’ve spent years building your company, or building your church or coaching your team. Your identity is wrapped up in your leadership role. But your organization has outgrown your skills and you are now the bottle neck to their growth and success.

Unfortunately, this is where the greatest failure in change occurs – those who’s time have come, who won’t leave. Can you blame them? They’ve earned this place on the top of the Mountain with years of sacrifice and now have a place. But when we won’t move on when it’s time, we stifle the growth of our organizations and our people and ultimate our own growth. We need to find our Mountain B – no matter how big and wonderful we’ve built mountain A.