How to say goodbye: Brexit, life and leadership

Hoping that all those who have dealt with / dealing with difficult break ups, bereavements, other transitions – or those who would like a different perspective on Brexit – will find something of value here… ‘Good night, good night! Parting…

How to say goodbye: Brexit, life and leadership

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Hoping that all those who have dealt with / dealing with difficult break ups, bereavements, other transitions – or those who would like a different perspective on Brexit – will find something of value here…

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.’

No, that’s not a leaked quote from the latest Brexit negotiations! It is, of course, that romantic farewell from Romeo and Juliet.

Britain’s departure from the European Union is not the only grim goodbye.

In our personal lives, marriages and friendships characterised by love and mutual respect for so many years, turn bitter and divisive at the point of separation. We also see this in our work lives, when it’s time for someone to part company. And when our loved ones die, our goodbyes are filled with so much sorrow and so little sweetness.

Why does how we say goodbye matter so much? Why is it so incredibly hard? And what can we learn from the Brexit and other familiar farewells about values, life and leadership?

*This is my most personal and important talk to date – please pass it on to anyone you feel may be interested*

Video credit: Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, Mexico, October 2019

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