Friday, September 03, 2010
The Top Ten Failing Leadership Strategies
According to Stephen Balzac
, consultant and author of "The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development
," there are ten mistakes that leaders make over and over. The good news is that very few leaders make all of these mistakes. The bad news is that this is because the company usually doesn't survive long enough for the leader to make them all.
Two major problems are building an atmosphere of failure instead of success: focusing on what can go wrong, not on what people have already done right; and believing that the product must be perfect in order to be successful. A perfect product is the one that customers are never happy with.
It's not easy to focus on success, but the organization that focuses on failure only sets people up to fail.
For more detail on the ten ways leaders fail, please download Mr. Balzac's special report, "The Pointy-Haired Boss Syndrome: 10 Ways Leaders Fail Their Organizations
," available for free at http://www.7stepsahead.com
About Steve Balzac
Stephen R. Balzac, "The Business Sensei
," is an author, consultant, and professional speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead, LLC
, a consulting firm specializing in helping businesses increase revenue and build their client base.
Steve's background in engineering, management, psychology, martial arts, and competitive sports makes him a popular speaker on topics ranging from leadership, motivation, team building, interviewing skills, and sport performance to computer game design. He was a guest lecturer at MIT and WPI. His articles
have appeared in a number of journals, including The Journal of Interactive Drama, The IBM Systems Journal, Mass High Tech, Enterprise Management Quarterly, The CEO Refresher, The Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, Analog SF/F and the Worcester Business Journal.
A recognized thought leader, Steve regularly conducts webinars through ExecSense
on topics including, "How to Become an Expert Negotiator as a CEO," "The Best Ways to Position Yourself for Your Company's Management Team," "What You Would Learn From Reading the Top Ten Business Books of All Time and How To Apply the Concepts Today."
Steve is a contributing author to Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values Through Play
and the author of the forthcoming 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development
being published by McGraw-Hill. He is a frequent guest
on radio shows including Motivational Minds and Leadership Radio, and is frequently quoted
in a variety of publications.
Steve also holds an appointment as an adjunct professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Stephen R. Balzac