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7 Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives

executivesEric Jackson has written a helpful article in this week’s Forbes Magazine.  He focuses on Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives.  As I read the article I thought of specific ministries/ministers I have known. 

The seven habits with a warning sign of each is below.

Habit # 1:  They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment.

Warning Sign for #1:  A lack of respect

Habit #2:  They identify so completely with the company that there is no clear boundary between their personal interests and their corporation’s interests

Warning Sign for #2: A question of character

Habit #3:  They think they have all the answers
Warning Sign for #3:  A leader without followers

Habit #4:  They ruthlessly eliminate anyone who isn’t completely behind them

Warning Sign for #4:  Executive departures

Habit #5: They are consummate spokespersons, obsessed with the company image

Warning Sign of #5:  Blatant attention-seeking
Habit #6: They underestimate obstacles

Warning Sign of #6:  Excessive hype

Habit #7: They stubbornly rely on what worked for them in the past

Warning Sign of #7:  Constantly referring to what worked in the past.


What are your thoughts on this as it relates to the church?   Read the article here

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One Comments to “7 Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives”

  1. Cal,
    I read the same article. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with ” executives” like this. I’m reminded of a quote by one Peniston Lamb, 1st Baron Melbourne, who said, and I paraphrase, “I wish I was as cocksure about anything as Tom McCauley (or whoever you choose) is about everything”
    There’s a lot of comfort being convinced you’re always the smnartest person in the room and having everyone agree with you.
    Best wishes for 2012. Bruce

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