Thirteen Fatal Errors Managers Make 13 Fatal Errors Managers Make And How to Avoid Them, Steven R. Brown, Berkley Books, 1985.
13 FATAL ERRORS MANAGERS MAKE 1. Refuse to accept personal accountability. 2. Fail to develop people. 3. Try to control results instead of influence thinking. 4. Join the wrong crowd. 5. Manage everyone the same way. 6. Forget the importance of profit (cash).
13 FATAL ERRORS 7. Concentrate on problems rather than on opportunities. 8. Be a buddy, not a boss. 9. Fail to set standards. 10. Fail to train their people. 11. Condone incompetence. 12. Recognize only top performers. 13. Try to manipulate people.
Ten Fatal Flaws That Derail Leaders Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, Harvard Business Review, June 2009
Ten Fatal Flaws 1. Lack energy and enthusiasm - They see new initiatives as a burden, rarely volunteer, and fear being overwhelmed. One such leader was described as having the ability to suck all of the energy out of any room. 2. Accept their own mediocre performance - They overstate the difficulty of reaching targets so that they look good when they achieve them. They live by the mantra Underpromise and overdeliver on their own efforts.
Ten Fatal Flaws 3. Lack of clear vision and direction - They believe their only job is to execute. Like a hiker who sticks close to the trail, theyre fine until they come to a fork. 4. Have poor judgment - They make decisions that colleagues and subordinates consider to be not in the organizations best interests. -Me first, not the organization first.
Ten Fatal Flaws 5. Dont collaborate - They avoid peers, act independently, and view other leaders as competitors. As a result, they are set adrift by the very people whose insights and support they need. 6. Dont walk the talk - They set standards of behavior or expectations of performance and then violate them. Theyre perceived as lacking integrity. 7. Resist new ideas - They reject suggestions from subordinates and peers. Good ideas arent implemented, and the organization gets stuck.
Ten Fatal Flaws 8. Dont learn from mistakes - They may make no more mistakes than their peers, but they fail to use setbacks as opportunities for improvement, hiding their errors and brooding about them instead. 9. Lack interpersonal skills - They make sins of both commission (theyre abrasive and bullying) and omission (theyre aloof, unavailable, and reluctant to praise). 10. Fail to develop others - The focus on themselves to the exclusion of developing subordinates, causing individuals and teams to disengage.