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Q: My job’s great, my boss is great and the firm is expanding. I can probably make VP by 30. But I want to start my own business, and now’s the time. How can I walk away without burning bridges?
A: Be honest. Your boss may admire you for ditching the relatively safe ride up the corporate ladder in favor of following your dream. But if you fear sending him into shock, then deliver the news as painlessly as possible. Offer to line up top candidates to replace you, give ample notice and stay on in a consulting role to train newcomers.
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