Karen Otazo

Karen Otazo

Dr. Karen Otazo has been a global executive coach and mentor for executives in transnational companies worldwide for more than 25 years. Her second book, The Truth About Being a Leader (2007), was recognized as one of the Top Five Best Business Books for 2007 by Strategy and Business.

Dr. Otazo’s experience makes her uniquely equipped to work with executives connecting cultures in global corporations, national subsidiaries, international ventures and strategic alliances.

She sits on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Citizens for Affordable Energy and Best Partners. Karen is a fellow of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, an international learning community dedicated to sustainable business.


Sheryl Spanier

Sheryl Spanier

Sheryl Spanier is a thought leader, media contributor and master practitioner of Executive Career Management who is sought out to coach and advise international leaders and their teams. After working as a consultant and market leader for four premier career management companies, she started her own firm in 2004. With more than 25 years in the field, Spanier combines empathy and pragmatism to coach clients in maximizing the interpersonal side of their business strategies and to lead individual and organizational change.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a founding member of the Association for Career Professionals International and is certified as a Fellow by the Institute for Career Certification International.



Leave Happy: Making the Elegant Executive Transition

Leave Happy: Making the Elegant Executive Transition by Sheryl Spanier and Karen Otazo

Book Description:
Leave Happy: Making the Elegant Executive Transition, the first book in the new No Time 4 Theories Executive Series, lays out a pragmatic strategy for executive career management during constant change and transition.

This guide is full of pithy and pragmatic ideas and tools for savvy players who are undergoing a seismic shift in their career identity, planning and paths.

Leave Happy gives senior leaders a way to go past job security to a new place of job continuity that works. If you're moving in your career, or planning to, this guide is for you! 

Product Details:
Published: January 2009
ISBN: 978-1441413758

Leave Happy: Making the Elegant Executive Transition by Sheryl Spanier and Karen Otazo Leave Happy: Making the Elegant Executive Transition by Sheryl Spanier and Karen Otazo


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“In a time of tumultuous change, I found this guide incredibly refreshing–pithy and practical, it changed my mindset and helped me through a tough time.”

Paul Norris
Managing Director and Head of European Research, Nomura
(formerly at Lehman Brothers)

Leave Happy is a short, informative guide for smart, smooth and sober executive transitions. During my past careers as an executive search consultant, coach and leader, and as an HR Generalist, I have observed many painful and demotivating executive transitions and departures. Leave Happy can make the experience a constructive way to reinvent yourself.”

Vesselina Petrova
VP Corporate Talent Sourcing & Development,
UCB, Brussels, Belgium

“An action plan that people are ‘wowed’ by: equally creative and practical."

David Rottman
Founder and Past President,
Career Counselors Consortium, New York

“An insightful, motivating and highly practical guide to successfully navigating career transitions.”

Chris O’Donohue
Vice President, PepsiCo. Hong Kong