By Sydney Finkelstein
Gifted leaders will be introduced low through their very own luck. Self-confidence slides into over-confidence. sturdy press results in prideful considering. Obstinacy, fanaticism, and emotions of invincibility push a reliable chief right into a hubristic fog. Sydney Finkelstein, a bestselling writer and professor at Dartmouth's Tuck institution of commercial, has studied undesirable judgements and enterprise disasters for nearly 20 years. right here, he explains how one can steer clear of the seven undesirable behavior of unsuccessful humans.
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By the mid-70s, demand for Fisher’s modified bikes had risen into the hundreds, and Fisher came to the attention of mighty Schwinn. But when the company’s senior executives went to Marin County to see him, they dismissed him as a long-haired bum. ) Was it a mistake to ignore Fisher? To give Schwinn’s leaders the benefit of the doubt, mountain biking might have been a passing fad. But, at a minimum, they should have kept an eye on him. They didn’t. By 1979, five years after Schwinn first heard about Fisher, his business was taking off.
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