Skye Book Review: Why CEO’s Fail – Dotlich and Cairo

By Morag Barrett on July 1, 2012

Posted by Morag Barrett | July 1, 2012Skye Book Review: Why CEO’s Fail – Dotlich and CairoIn Why CEO’s Fail  the authors describe 11 different behaviors that have the potential to undermine success and at the extreme, derail careers.  This book is not just for Executives, but for anyone who is in a leadership or management position.Under pressure, most people will display certain counterproductive tendencies. We refer to these as ‘derailers.’  Under normal conditions these characteristics may actually be strengths. However, when you are tired, pressured, bored, or otherwise distracted, these risk factors may impede your effectiveness and erode the quality of your relationships with customers, colleagues, and direct reports.Others may be aware of these tendencies but may not give you any feedback about them. They may even been ignored at your current career level as being an ‘amusing side to your personality’ that’s tolerated by others or simply worked around.  The reality is, however, that as you move up in an organization your potential derailer behavior becomes more visible and has a greater impact on your success.The 11 behaviors are described asArrogance – you think that you’re right, and others are wrong.Melodramatic – the need to be the center of attention.Volatile – excessive mood swings, enthusiastic one minute, detached another.Excessive Caution – hesitate to make decisions.Habitual Distrust – focus on the negatives and worst case scenarios.Aloofness –  disengaged and disconnected.Mischievousness – believe that rules are made to be broken.Eccentricity – seek to be different (for example in dress, behavior or perspective) just for the sake of it.Passive Resistance – what you say is not what you really think.Perfectionism – attention to detail at a level beyond what is required.Eagerness to Please – doing or saying what you believe others want to hear.As you review the list (or read the book) think about:Which are your moderate / high risk derailers?What behaviors to you demonstrate when under stress (or day to day)?What are your personal triggers that cause a derailer to occur?Do different triggers result in different derailer behavior?What strategies could you adopt to prevent / reduce the impact of your derailers?Each of us is successful for many reasons.  However, each of us is also successful in spite of other bad habits or distracting behaviors.  If you would like to know more about your potential derailers then  [button text=”Contact Us Today” link=”″] .  We can administer  The Hogan Leadership Derailer profile and provide you with insights about behaviors that could potentially undermine or inhibit your performance.Related ArticlesTags »Best Leadership BookscommunicationCultivating Winning RelationshipsEmotional Intelligenceleadership development denverleadership training coloradomanagement Share
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