Final thoughts

I have now described why failure happens, how to foresee it and how to avoid it. I have also described how to manage well, and the skills, behaviours and processes that are needed to do this in our uncertain world. But there are many intriguing questions left and I would like to finish the book by having a stab at a few of the questions that particularly intrigue me.

Is success down to the individual or the approach?

When I tell people about my approach to management, one of the most frequently asked questions is: ‘How much of the success of this is down to the approach and how much of it is down to the individual manager?’ My answer is the obvious one: it’s a combination of both. The late Steve Jobs was a great leader ...

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