Monday, June 18, 2007

How to be a failure

Was reading the Big Moo, edited by Seth Godin and came across this chapter. So good I decided to repost.

  1. Keep Secrets
  2. Be certain you're right and ignore those who disagree with you
  3. Set aggressive deadlines for others to get buy in - then change them when they aren't met
  4. Resist testing your theories
  5. Focus more on what other people think and less on whther your ideas is as good as it could be
  6. Assume that a critical mass must embrace your idea for it to work
  7. Choose an idea where number 6 is a requirement
  8. Realize that people who don't instantly get your idea are bullheaded, shortsighted, or even stupid
  9. Don't bother to dramatically increase the quality of your presentation style
  10. Insist that you've got to go straight to the president of the organization to get something done
  11. Always go for the big win
I think I've been guilty of almost everything on this list from time to time, and I can attest they most certainly resulted in failure to achieve my aim. So I suppose that part of this posting is somehow cathartic, reinforcing the behaviors to avoid.

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