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The Number 1 Reason Executives Fail in New Jobs

Jack Wilson, CEO of American Manufacturing Enterprises, was coming up on his 8-month mark in his new role and it was painfully apparent to everyone that he was not delivering on the Board’s great expectations. They couldn’t understand how someone with a career of progressive successes, starting as a bright up-and-coming MBA and culminating with a successful five year run as CEO of Mega Industries, could be failing so miserably at a company so similar to Mega. Jack’s story is not that uncommon. In fact, between 35–50% of executives fail during their careers, usually in new roles.

  • How easily and with what tools do you solve problems?
  • Do you fully understand your work style?
  • How well do you understand your approach to (and interest in) interacting with others?
  • How well do you understand what gives you passion in your work?
  • Do you have the skillset needed for the work?
  • How well do you handle criticism or discomfort?

Carl is a business psychologist and leadership development expert who focuses on the development of high performance leaders.