“The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccesful Executives” is the title of a blog post by Iron Fire Capital LLC founder Eric Jackson at Forbes.com. Considering a few of the executives mentioned in the article it would be difficult to disagree. (WARNING: Clicking on a link to Forbes.com can result in – my peeve – unwanted audio.) Here’s the list of those seven habits:
1: They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment.
2: They identify so completely with the company that there is no clear boundary between their personal interests and their corporation’s interests.
3: They think they have all the answers.
4: They ruthlessly eliminate anyone who isn’t completely behind them.
5: They are consummate spokespersons, obsessed with the company image.
6: They underestimate obstacles.
7: They stubbornly rely on what worked for them in the past.
Although the above list is written about public officials, I wonder if it could also apply to mayors and governors.