February 9, 2012

“Any day.”

In the movie the man asked the woman, “What day is it today?” The woman answered, “Any day”. As my plane was landing at the airport in Istanbul, the movie that I was watching on the screen at the back of the seat in front of me also came to the end.

“Any day.” I don’t know how many of you would be happy today to give this answer. Maybe you will enjoy giving this answer at the point when you reach all you have wanted in life -if there is any such point- or at the day when you are reminded that you no longer need to do the daily work in the company.

If you are a businessman, you don’t have the luxury of using this answer. To be able to use these two words, you might want to sell some or all of your company shares so as to transfer together with the management responsibility the responsibility of remembering the days of the week to someone else.

Even if the potential acquirer considers positively your wish of transferring the responsibility, they will still ask you, “How many years later?” Even when you sell all of your shares the new owners would like you to be actively working in the company for a few more years.

If you think that you would like to answer this question as “any day” in the coming years, then it is now time to start for seeking a potential acquirer for your company shares.

The oldie of the week:  The Seekers – The Carnival Is Over (1967)

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