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Should Pat Summitt decide when to quit?


Pat%20Summitt Pat Summitt is only 59.

She is the coach of the Tennessee Women Volunteers and considered one of the greated basketball minds on the planet. Earlier this month, she noticed she was stumbling during team huddles while trying to set up plays or defenses. She went to the Mayo Clinic and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

She later relased a moving video in which she explanied her circumstances and told reporters that "there's not going to be any pity party and I'll make sure of that." She says she's going to fight this thing with every ounce of stregth she has in her body.

So the question is, should she be allowed to continue to coach until she feels she needs to resign? The even bigger question is "who gets to decide exactly when your health interferes with your job?"

This is a tricky question. It's a question that's led to many employment lawsuits. Who gets to decide when a company leader is no longer fit to lead? The leader? The board of directors? The HR director?

Steve Jobs, co-founder and long-time leader of tech-behemoth Apple Inc., announced his resignation yesterday evening. Rumors of Jobs eventual resignation have been circulating since Jobs took a leave of absence in January for health reasons. I wonder how much say he had over the timing of his resignation. To me, your health is your business -- but in many ways, it's your employer's business, too. Ideally, it should be a mutual decision....of course, that's not always possible.

Readers what are your thoughts? Who should decide when someone is too sick to lead others?

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your doctor

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