Monthly Archives: July 2011

Executive Resilience: Brain Training with Meditation

Have you ever said something you wished you hadn’t? It flies out and before you know it you’ve got a fire to deal with. It happens often enough. Some people are good at mopping up. Others not. Some people bounce back from skirmishes faster than others. Others hold on to things they’ve said or wished […]
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Preventing Executive Failure:
Manage Your Flaws

In my last post, I suggested 3 steps you could take to begin examining your personal flaws. Now, I’ll bet most of you will avoid anything that smacks of failure, flaws, or taking a hard look at your dark side. None of us like to focus on our flaws until it’s absolutely necessary. Denial is […]
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Managing Your Personal Faults:
Preventing Executive Failure

I’ve been reading up on wisdom, what makes a leader wise in business, and what leads to executive failure. I think it’s time to address ways to prevent failure. We know so much about failures you’d think we should see them coming. On a personal level, what can each of us do? In all cases […]
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Fallible Leaders: 11 Derailing Behaviors

We live in a celebrity culture where leaders, especially CEOs, are expected to be perfect examples of heroes. They are held up as icons. We don’t like to admit they have flaws, or that the traits that make them special can also lead to poor executive decisions and failure. It’s probably human nature to want […]
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7 Attitudes that Lead to Executive Failure

Any discussion on what makes executives wise and why some CEOs fail has to include why some smart leaders make stupid mistakes. What leads to executive failure? Sidney Finkelstein, author of Why Smart Executives Fail (2003), researched several spectacular CEO failures and their causes over a six year period. He found several patterns of faulty […]
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Why Smart Executives Act Stupidly

What are some of the causes of CEO failures that we see today? In reading Robert J. Sternberg’s Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid, I’m reminded of several spectacular failures that really leave you scratching your head and asking “how can that happen?” And I think that paying attention to these foolish behaviors at […]
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How Wisdom Differs from Intelligence

Here’s an interesting story I picked up reading about wisdom and intelligence and the differences between the two (Wisdom by Stephen S. Hall). The renowned psychologist and academician Robert J. Sternberg developed a comprehensive theory of human intelligence as a professor over more than thirty years at Yale. In a nutshell, he proposed that successfully […]
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Wise Business Leaders: Who’s On Your List?

In my discussions with friends and colleagues about executive wisdom, I’ve come to realize how idiosyncratic our views of wisdom are. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then wisdom is even more so. Ask any of your people who their top five wise leaders are, you’ll likely get a wide variety of […]
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Motivation and Drive: What Really Counts

I’ve written about this before, but this video has such great animation that I want to share it with you. It’s illustrated by RSAnimate, and narrated by Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. YouTube video: http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc What do you think about this? Is your organization recognizing these drivers of […]
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“Smart” Leaders: The Omniscience Fallacy

What do you think is wrong with many of our leaders? In reading about Executive Wisdom (Richard R. Kilburg, 2007), one of the great errors in thinking committed by leaders is this: The omniscience fallacy: believing one knows everything. (Sternberg, 2005) Maybe you’ve worked for a boss who thinks he knows everything? Or you know […]
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