Leadership Mistakes

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The psychology of the Oscars disaster

April 25, 2017
Catastrophic failures aren’t usually caused by one or two big mess-ups but by a series of cascading errors. So it was at this year’s Academy Awards, where a number of factors contributed to the wrong movie being announced as Best Picture.

Be the leader everybody hates!

March 21, 2017
Tired of hearing about servant leadership? Want people to shut up and do what you tell them? Take these steps and they will fall right in line…for now.

5 wise moves to avoid ethical traps

March 12, 2017
Ethical lapses don’t occur in a vacuum. Usually, faulty assumptions or actions contribute to bad outcomes.

Little by little, indifference sank the leader of Texaco

March 2, 2017
Texaco CEO Peter Bijur made a big decision: He agreed to sell the company to Chevron. But his response to the deal proved his undoing.

When an employee’s anger goes viral

February 9, 2017
On his last day on the job after 35 years, Michael Stuban decided to vent. Chairman Sean Logan did not handle it well.

A cost-cutting CEO angers customers

February 6, 2017
When Robin Hayes took over JetBlue in early 2015, he imposed a series of controversial changes.

An evasive CEO’s dramatic fall

January 19, 2017
Elizabeth Holmes used her charisma and sales skills to woo reporters into writing fawning profiles. But then her image as a visionary started to crumble.

Amid crisis, a CEO unwisely lays low

January 6, 2017
When the situation involving Wells Fargo wrongdoings escalated in September 2016, CEO John Stumpf remained below the radar.

Watch those tweets!

January 5, 2017
Despite high-profile examples to the contrary, it still behooves you to be careful when you or your employees use Twitter.

It takes one statement to sink you

December 27, 2016
You know you’re not a great leader when your company’s stock soars on news of your departure.
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