I could hear it in their voices as they described their work and personal lives.
I could see it on their resume in their list of education and experiences.
They had “arrived!” They had reached a pinnacle in their career … but their story didn’t have a happy ending.
Earlier in my career I was, for lack of a better term, a “hired gun.” A management consultant conducting leadership assessments for companies being sold, bought or undergoing large-scale transformation. I travelled the globe writing leadership profiles on senior executive talent across a variety of industries.
After conducting hundreds of these I began to notice