Why CEOs Fail: The 11 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Climb to the Top - And How to Manage Them [NOOK Book]


If any of the following behaviors sound like you or someone you work with, beware! In Why CEOs Fail, David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo describe the most common characteristics of derailed top executives and how you can avoid them:
  • Arrogance— you think that you're right,...
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Why CEOs Fail: The 11 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Climb to the Top - And How to Manage Them

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If any of the following behaviors sound like you or someone you work with, beware! In Why CEOs Fail, David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo describe the most common characteristics of derailed top executives and how you can avoid them:
  • Arrogance— you think that you're right, and everyone else is wrong.
  • Melodrama— you need to be the center of attention.
  • Volatility— you're subject to mood swings.
  • Excessive Caution — you're afraid to make decisions.
  • Habitual Distrust— you focus on the negatives.
  • Aloofness— you're disengaged and disconnected.
  • Mischievousness— you believe that rules are made to be broken.
  • Eccentricity— you try to be different just for the sake of it.
  • Passive Resistance— what you say is not what you really believe.
  • Perfectionism you get the little things right and the big things wrong.
  • Eagerness to Please— you try to win the popularity contest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787970642
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/7/2003
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership, #286
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 731,165
  • File size: 940 KB

Meet the Author

David L. Dotlich, former Executive Vice President of Honeywell International and Groupe Bull, is a partner of CDR International (cdr-intl.com) and coauthor of Action Learning ( Jossey Bass, l998), Action Coaching (Jossey Bass, l999), and the breakthrough best-selling book Unnatural Leadership: Going Against Intuition and Experience to Develop Ten New Leadership Instincts (Jossey-Bass, 2002). He is a business adviser, educator and coach to top executives in many global corporations.

Peter C. Cairo is a partner in CDR International and member of the faculty of Columbia University Business School Executive Education. He has worked with many companies in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational effectiveness. He is coauthor with David Dotlich of Action Coaching and Unnatural Leadership, both from Jossey-Bass.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    Definitely an eye-opener!

    Straightforward guide to 11 career-derailing behaviors. While the book focuses on how destructive these behaviors are to CEOs and the organizations they tried to lead, it would seem as if these 11 things should be identified and kept in check by leaders at all levels. <BR/><BR/>Each derailing behavior is a chapter and each has a table of exemplifications of when the behavior is being properly kept in check and when it's gone too far. Further eaach chapter gives some signs and symptoms of when the behavior is over the top.<BR/><BR/>A good book, for sure. The only thing that would improve it is for the reader to take an evaluation at the beginning to then identify which of the 11 behaviors they may have and not be aware of. Then when reading the book, the reader could especially focus on those behaviors they may possess and need to keep in check.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    Highly Recommended!

    If you wonder why all those superstar CEOs suddenly veered off course, executive coaches David L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo offer an engaging work of psychoanalysis to answer your question. Leadership failures can result from 11 character traits, either deep-seated personality faults or qualities that once were beneficial but became problematic. The authors offer recognizable case studies and specific advice to bolster their case that these flaws derail leaders. The culprit characteristics can seem a bit general, an inevitable concern in a book seeking simple explanations for human folly. We recommend this easy-to-digest volume to leaders and those who endure them. This is just the ticket for bosses who want to address their possible personality pitfalls before they commit career suicide.

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