Choosing certainty over clarity
• Do you pride yourself on being intellectually precise?
• Do you prefer to wait for more information rather than make a decision without all of the facts?
• Do you enjoy debating details with your direct reports during meetings?
Certainly, intellectual precision alone is not a sign of Temptation Number Three. However, when it manifests itself during staff meetings in terms of unnecessary debates over minutiae, it is a sign of real trouble.
It is no surprise that many CEOs take a great deal of pride in their analytical and intellectual acumen. Unable to realize that their success as an executive usually has less to do with intellectual skills than it does with personal and behavioral ...