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By Sydney Finkelstein

Talented leaders could be introduced low by means of their good fortune whilst self-confidence slides into over-confidence and stable press results in prideful pondering. Obstinancy, fanaticism, and emotions of invincibility can push a reliable chief right into a hubristic fog. during this short-form booklet, Dartmouth's Sydney Finkelstein, who has studied undesirable judgements and company disasters for greater than fifteen years, tells how you can keep away from the seven undesirable behavior of unsuccessful humans.

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Even icons like Jack Welch are at risk. The former CEO of General Electric was well paid and lavishly praised for his role in the company’s phenomenal prosperity. Yet, after Welch’s retirement, it came out that GE was paying for his continued use of the corporate jet and even for the fresh flowers adorning his apartment. You might argue that Welch had earned his sense of entitlement. By that measure, so had Mark V. Hurd, who took over a bumbling, chaotic Hewlett Packard in 2005 and lifted it past mighty IBM to become the top performer in the high-technology industry.

At age 80, John Rigas was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. His son Timothy, Adelphia’s CFO, got 20 years. Here’s What We’ll Do The illusion of omniscience, the third fallacy, begins as a laudable talent for solving problems and making decisions. Danger arrives on the heels of continued success. As one good decision and correct solution follows another, it becomes easier and easier to think you have a special gift for divining the answer to every problem, even those outside your bailiwick.

Giannulli initially sold surfer shorts and beach gear before branching into women’s wear and men’s suits. His designs drew rave reviews and quick financial success. But it was all too much, too soon. His rapid ascent went to his head, leading Giannulli to confuse his design genius with management talent. He expanded Mossimo Inc. in a rush, running headlong into a wall of production, distribution, and creditor problems. He was saved by the Target retail chain, which worked a deal that gave Giannulli much needed merchandising and distribution support.

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