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We should stop mistaking confidence for anything but self-belief. (2017)

"...we should all learn to be more sceptical of what confidence actually brings. It's not competence. It's not effectiveness." Julia Baird, journalist and author Sydney Morning Herald ,19 May 2017. “The fact women have less confidence than men is well documented and globally proven. On TV, in print, in Parliament, I see evidence of it every day. Male chutzpah is the high-octane fuel much of the media relies on. “...

Written by: Baird, J.

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Ethical marginality: the Icarus syndrome and banality of wrongdoing. (2010)

"High performance organizations are favorable hosts for wrongdoing because high performance requires aggressive behavior at the ethical margins of what is acceptable. The way leadership reacts to competition sets the stage for ethical or unethical cultures to develop   Dennis R. Balch & Robert W. Armstrong, both of the University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama, U.S.A. Journal of Business Ethics 2010; 92: 291-303...

Written by: Balch and Armstrong.

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In praise of narcissism. (2017)

“Narcissism is ... a duty to watch ourselves, vigilantly self-regulating our appearance in the world … And these kinds of self-reflections are not always wasteful." Shahidha Bari Times Literary Supplement, 28 April 2017 “Narcissus lends his unhappy name to those who are inordinately self-concerned and inclined to fixate improperly on matters of their own appearance; but do those habits themselves deserve rebuke? “Freud discerns ...

Written by: Bari, S.

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Strategic leadership: how to avoid the most common error leaders make. (2013).

"Denial, ego and hubris are all parts of human nature. They are like gravity. We don’t defeat them. To move forward we must actively resist them every day."   Eric Barker, author Published in his blog ‘Barking up the wrong tree’, 8 September 2013 “CEOs make mistakes that could and should have been avoided, not just with the benefit of hindsight, but on the basis of information available to them at the tim...

Written by: Barker, Eric

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The Science of Leadership: Lessons from research for organizational leaders. (2014)

"Takes a middle ground between the academic and practitioner approaches to leadership by outlining practical guidelines that are evidence-based." Julian Barling PhD, Queen’s School of Business, Canada. Oxford University Press, 6 March 2014. From the review by Prof. Clive Fullagar, Kansas State University: “The literature on leadership broadly consist of two kinds of book: those that are directed at an a...

Written by: Barling, Julian.

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Why those at the top still need a helping hand. (2015)

"Sometimes the boss doesn't have all the answers and has to modify their position. In the face of compelling evidence, that's what should happen Katie Hope, Business Reporter, BBC website 4 February 2015. Based on interviews by leadership expert Steve Tappin for the BBC's ‘CEO Guru’ series, produced by Neil Koenig. CEOs must attempt to “cut through ‘some of the bureaucratic noise’ and make sure that peo...

Written by: BBC

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Tesla blames ‘hubris’ for Model X part delays. (2016)

“Given loss-making Tesla’s history of missed deadlines, this target needed to be met to earn the faith of consumers and investors alike BBC News: technology (online) 5 April 2016 “Tesla Motors has revealed that supplies of its Model X electric car have been impacted by a shortage of parts meaning delays for some who have ordered them. “… It was frank about the reasons for the delay: "The root causes of the p...

Written by: BBC

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Putin: The New Tsar

Aired recently on BBC 2, Putin: The New Tsar tracks the extraordinary rise of an ex-KGB colonel to Boris Yeltsin's successor. The documentary contains commentary throughout by Professor Ian Robertson, Founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and member of the Advisory Group for the Daedalus Trust, on the effects of power on the Russian president's personality. Here are some of the points raised by Robertson on Putin thro...

Written by: BBC 2


The Icarus Syndrome: a history of American hubris. (2010)

"Hubris is an affliction born of success and, therefore, one to which western societies, the USA in particular, are especially prone. In dazzling color, he portrays three extraordinary generation"   Peter Beinhart, associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation Harper Collins 2010 I...

Written by: Beinhart, Peter

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Managerial overconfidence and corporate policies. (2007)

"...companies with overconfident CFOs use lower discount rates to value cash flows, and that they invest more, use more debt, are less likely to pay dividends, are more likely to repurchase shares, and they use proportionally more long-term, as opposed to short-term, debt.   Ben-David, I., University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Graham, J.R., Harvey, C.R., Duke University, Fuqua School of Business NB...

Written by: Ben-David, Graham and Harvey.

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