The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccesful Executives

“The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccesful Executives” is the title of a blog post by Iron Fire Capital LLC founder Eric Jackson at  Considering a few of the executives mentioned in the article it would be difficult to disagree. (WARNING:  Clicking on a link to 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.


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