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James M. Citrin

Entries by James M. Citrin

Don't Pick a Failure? Think Again

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 4:09 PM

Past performance is the best indicator of future success, right? It is hard to disagree with this notion, and when evaluating the prospects of a new leader, it is accurate to make performance assessments based on someone's tangible achievements and impact. However, this is not at all the same thing...

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The Trap of the Charismatic Leader

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 7:54 AM

An important part of helping organizations find their next leader is gaining clear insight into what went wrong with the last one. In one recent case, we were trying to understand how the board of directors had come to select a CEO who had flamed out. The clue that helped...

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How Not to Hire a Leader

(19) Comments | Posted October 16, 2011 | 10:19 PM

We live in a culture obsessed with stars: movie stars, rock stars, superstar athletes. And we do the same thing in business. "He's a star," we say of the high-performing executive. We love to anoint stars, to label and categorize. We try to edit and simplify and reduce people to...

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