Woolworths heads back into the ring

There’s a ‘dogs-passing-lamposts’ quality to former employees critiquing their replacements, each wanting to rain on the parade of their successors, especially if they’ve been fired or moved on after losing an internal power struggle.Psychologists call it self-attribution or self-serving bias, in this case expressed in the tendency for managers to take credit for the good things that happen under their watch but blame their replacement for any subsequent poor performance.The psychological rationale is to protect the ego – and let us acknowledge that most corporate senior managers do not suffer from a lack of self-confidence - from threat and injury.Nevertheless,...

There’s a ‘dogs-passing-lamposts’ quality to former employees critiquing their replacements, each wanting to rain on the parade of their successors, especially if they’ve been fired or moved on after losing an internal power struggle.

Psychologists call it self-attribution or self-serving bias, in this case expressed in the tendency for managers to take credit for the good things that happen under their watch but blame their replacement for any subsequent poor performance.

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