The seven habits of spectacularly unsuccessful executives

Even the best executives fail. Everyone knows that. What’s surprising is that they tend to fail in an eerily similar way over and over again. I was recently reminded of this by a Forbes article on Sydney Finkelstein’s book Why Smart Executives Fail (skip over the book and head straight for Finkelstein’s abridged article The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives). Finkelstein’s seven traits are: 1. They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment. ‘Our products are superior, and so am I. We’re untouchable. My company is successful because of my leadership and intellect – I made it happen.’ 2....

Even the best executives fail. Everyone knows that. What’s surprising is that they tend to fail in an eerily similar way over and over again. I was recently reminded of this by a Forbes article on Sydney Finkelstein’s book Why Smart Executives Fail (skip over the book and head straight for Finkelstein’s abridged article The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives).

Finkelstein’s seven traits are:

1. They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment.

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