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Management Styles

What You Are Best At, Could Be Your Biggest Problem

What You Are Best At, Could Be Your Biggest Problem

In the book “Fear Your Strengths”, authors Robert Kaplan and Robert Kaiser say that many executive development practices have a glaring oversight: your strengths can work against you. "A leader's desire to be forceful and straightforward with direct reports becomes a tendency to be abusive and preemptory. A devotion to consensus - seeking breeds chronic indecision and an emphasis on being respectful of others degenerates into ineffectual niceness. The desire to turn a profit and serve shareholders becomes a preoccupation with short-term thinking." It's no wonder then that the concept of strengths overplayed is overlooked in leadership development. Our culture's growth mentality seems founded on the belief that if some is good, a lot must be great. The authors write, “If you literally don't know your own strength, you have no way to calibrate or modulate it. In a relentless effort to be better, you have no way of knowing if you are going too far.”

Edition XIV Vol. I

  • The Oil & Gas Industry +

    The US Is The Oil & Gas Industry's Largest Source Of Growth

    The US Is The Oil & Gas Industry's Largest Source Of Growth

    The continuing surge in US oil and natural gas production, primarily from unconventional

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  • Employees +

    Study Identifies Signs An Employee Is About To Leave

    Study Identifies Signs An Employee Is About To Leave

    Those who are thinking about leaving their job may be giving off cues that others can

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  • Merger & Acquisition +

    Deal Activity Generates Merger & Acquisition Activity

    Deal Activity Generates Merger & Acquisition Activity

    Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the North American power and utilities industry increased in the fourth quarter

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  • Management Styles +

    What You Are Best At, Could Be Your Biggest Problem

    What You Are Best At, Could Be Your Biggest Problem

    In the book “Fear Your Strengths”, authors Robert Kaplan and Robert Kaiser say that many

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  • Senior Management Issues +

    Senior Management Is Increasing Efforts To Combat Money Laundering

    Senior Management Is Increasing Efforts To Combat Money Laundering

    Attention being paid by senior management to money laundering challenges is at an all-time high according

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  • Technology Issues +

    The OTP World Has Changed

    The OTP World Has Changed

    The strong authentication and one-time password (OTP) market is seeing steady growth due to several factors: the movement to cloud-based

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  • Private Sector Issues +

    Private Company CEOs More Optimistic

    Private Company CEOs More Optimistic

    According to PwC US's latest “Private Company Trendsetter Barometer”, 43 percent of private companies have signaled confidence in the world

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