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My successor will need one other particular strength: the ability to fight off the ABCs of business decay

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

“My successor will need one other particular strength: the ability to fight off the ABCs of business decay, which are arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency. When these corporate cancers metastasize, even the strongest of companies can falter.”  Warren Buffet in the Berkshire Hathaway 2014 Annual Report

Buffett goes on to cite the examples of General Motors, IBM, Sears Roebuck, and U.S. Steel as examples of companies whose leaders thought they were too powerful, too financially strong, too big, to falter—but they did.

Your business doesn’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to be affected by the “ABCs” of business decay.  If, on one end of the spectrum, there is the cause of this corporate cancer, and on the other end is the cure for it, to which end is your company headed?

Till next time…

About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “
Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at  

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