“Arrogance, hubris, infallibility, overconfidence – if these words are in your attitude inventory, you have a pretty big problem!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
I’ve met some interesting people along the way, and have found myself in some interesting situations.
Such as the story in the blog post I wrote yesterday, “What Does It Mean When Your CEO Says ‘We Don’t Need to Do it Right Now’?”
I often encounter senior executives who carry with them a stunning complacency about their place in the world – a belief that nothing will threaten or challenge them. They might have a great future, perhaps, at Blockbuster, Sears, Kodak or others….. I don’t think we have ever lived in a time that has involved so many trends coming together that have such a potential disruptive impact, and no organization is guaranteed success based on what it has done so far – it can only hope to innovate and change enough to adapt to what comes next. Yet I meet some CEO’s who believe that rule won’t apply to them. Arrogance is a dangerous thing.
Personal infallibility is also a risky mindset. We are all only one step away from disaster at any given time – the decisions we make every moment guide us into our personal future. Clarity of mind and clarity of purpose are the rules that should guide us day by day!