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Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada's Business Crisis by R. Douglas Williamson

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Truth, Lies and Mediocrity

We have all been caught, at one time or another, in the grip of our own self-righteous and self-serving behaviour. It's part of the human condition. We can forgive mild forms of occasional bravado and a temporarily exaggerated ego when the outcome or circumstance is not all that important and the behaviour is infrequent. Ego can even occasionally be a virtue if it allows us to gain the courage to break out of a rut or a bad situation. However, in the case of transformational leadership, recidivist behaviour of this type can be fatal and cannot be tolerated.

No organization, or leader, can allow exaggerated claims of comparative peer group excellence, superior operating performance or absolute product or service ...

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