According to Linkedin, 29 of my contacts have changed job title in the past year. By any standards that’s quite a lot. Some have taken on new positions with their existing employers, but most have moved on. A significant number of them have decided, like me, to branch out on their own. There is something hugely exciting about taking control of ones own destiny. There’s also, of course, a great deal of fear. The biggest hurdle to overcome is moving on from defining who you are by what it says on your business card. Once you can be comfortable being who you are rather than what your title is then starting out on ones own becomes an adventure. More of what it means to be an authentic leader in a future post.