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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sydney Finkelstein Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781469003856
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A definitive study of executive failures-why they happen and how to prevent them.

There’s a scenario that keeps repeating itself in today’s business climate. A company is voted one of the most admired in the world. Then three or four years later, it’s in dire financial trouble. A CEO is celebrated on the covers of BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a disastrous merger or some other fiasco.

What goes wrong in these cases? Usually it seems that the top management made some incredibly stupid mistake. But the people responsible are almost always remarkably intelligent and usually have terrific track records. Even more puzzling than the fact that brilliant managers can make bad mistakes is the way they so often magnify the damage. Once a company has made a bad misstep, it often seems as though it can’t do anything right. How does this happen? Instead of rectifying their mistakes, why do business leaders regularly make them worse?

To answer these questions, Sydney Finkelstein has carried out the largest research program ever devoted to business breakdowns. In Why Smart Executives Fail, he uncovers—with startling clarity and unassailable documentation—the causes regularly responsible for major business breakdowns. Why Smart Executives Fail relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates that there are specific, identifiable ways in which many businesses regularly make themselves vulnerable to failure. The result is a truly indispensable, practical, must-have audiobook that explains the mechanics of executive breakdowns, how to avoid them, and what to do about them if they happen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Casting off standard management fare, Finkelstein has raised eyebrows with his unconventional research…lessons are more profound say students.”


  • “Managers might be better advised to contemplate how companies fail…Finkelstein identifies ‘seven habits of spectacularly unsuccessful people.’”

    Times (London)

  • “Watch the parade of corporate disasters that passes through…‘Truly colossal blunders don’t come in isolation, they come in clusters.’”


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About the Author

Sydney Finkelstein, the author of Why Smart Executives Fail and Think Again, is Stephen Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. An expert on leadership and strategy, he regularly gives lectures across the country. He has participated on numerous CEO forums, been interviewed or had his work appear in numerous leading media outlets, and served as consultant and speaker for major companies around the world, including Aetna, American Express, Barclays, Boeing, Chevron, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, GE, Glaxo, JP Morgan Chase, McGraw-Hill, and Morgan Stanley, among others.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.