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Things to Think About - The biggest threat to innovation is internal politics and an organizational culture which doesn’t accept failure

Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier


“The biggest threat to innovation is internal politics and an organizational culture which doesn’t accept failure and/or doesn’t accept ideas from outside, and/or cannot change.” The Gartner Group

Many years ago, the members of the Board of Advisors at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business were asked what the most important attribute of a successful leader was.  It was an almost unanimous response: self-awareness.

This quote embodies the essence of corporate self-awareness and it resonates with me because so many of the times I am called in to help an organization, it comes down to internal politics and a toxic culture. Good leaders see this quote as a wake-up call for honest, objective reflection, while great leaders, after reflecting, act.

Good luck on your journey!


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 www.pragueleadershipinstitute.com / decallier.com