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Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn from Their Mistakes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Inside Perspective

    Why Smart Executives Fail is a must-read for any person who wants to be successful not only in business but also in life. As I read this book, I found many similarities in the people who had managed to turn successful businesses into failures and people who have nothing to do with business: just life in general. As a research associate working with the author of Why Smart Executives Fail, I located and interviewed numerous individuals with very different personalities. It was interesting to me that some of the most influential people were more accessible and pleasant to interact with than some of the less successful. Does that say something about why they are more successful? Some of the extremely well-known individuals spoke about their personal lives without fear of exposure or ¿bad press¿. Other interviewees were extremely guarded and impatient with my questions. Some of the interviewees were contacted for an interview once and others were contacted over a period of months. The way Professor Finkelstein made sense of the vast amount of information is amazing! Whether you¿re reading about failures, causes, delusions or habits, you will take away very valuable lessons from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Read it!

    With a PhD in Management, I've certainly read a great deal about the successes and failures of executives. Imagine my delight then that I found such new and fascinating insights in Finkelstein's book! 'Why Smart Executives Fail' sets itself apart by providing numerous examples of business failures and grounding those examples with in-depth analysis and interviews. Anyone who reads this book is sure to walk away with a much better understanding of the causes of business failures and how they can avoid mistakes in their own careers.

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