Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Seven habits of highly defective managers

As I was reading something about the book 'Seven habits of highly defective managers' by Stanley Finkelstein, I was struck by how closely his 'Seven habits' were matched by the current administration:

1. They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environments, not simply responding to developments in those environments.

2. They identify so completely with the company that there is no clear boundary between their personal interests and corporate interests.

3. They seem to have all the answers, often dazzling people with the speed and decisiveness with which they can deal with challenging issues.

4. They make sure that everyone is 100 percent behind them, ruthlessly eliminating anyone who might undermine their efforts.

5. They are consummate company spokespeople, often devoting the largest portion of their efforts to managing and developing the company's image.

6. They treat intimidating and difficult obstacles as temporary impediments to be removed or overcome.

7. They never hesitate to return to the strategies and tactics that made them and their companies successful in the first place.

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