17 Jun '11, 2am

Is Your Team Failing Elegantly? Seven Leadership Mistakes That Wear Away At Your Company’s Will To Win

By John Hamm, author of “Unusually Excellent ” No one wants to lose. That’s true whether you’re talking about the Super Bowl, a friendly basketball game with the neighbors, or a footrace between eight-year-olds. Yes, the desire to win is embedded in the human psyche. So why is it that in the business world the “win or (almost) die trying” principle seems to falter? Why do so many talented, well-led teams, enterprises, and organizations—many of them with clear, reasonable goals—fail to win victories that should have been easily within their grasps? It’s because they’ve been infected with a disease called “failing elegantly.” Failing elegantly is a very sophisticated and veiled set of coping behaviors by individuals, the purpose of which is to avoid the oncoming train of embarrassment when the cover comes off the lousy results that we’d prefer no one ever see. In other words...

Full article: http://www.youngupstarts.com/2011/06/17/is-your-team-fail...

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