If you’re afraid to fail, you will

That’s the lesson I took from the article on Robert Iger, CEO of Disney in Sunday Morning’s New York Times, “Is Disney’s Iger Having a Cinderella Moment?”  History - and boards - reward the brave and audacious.

  • $7 billion to purchase Pixar?
  • Reorganize the movie studio and lose a dozen top execs, including a very popular leader?
  • Do the opposite of everyone else?When retailers were cutting back due to the recession, Iger doubled down, spending $1 million on each of 340 Disney stores.
  • Swap a CFO (finance) with a division head?  Crazy!

One other factor I see as key here - Strong People skills, namely relationships, fence-building, listening intently.

The successful executive is an audacious risk taker — who’s also skilled with people. Use that in looking for your next leader.

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Jeff Ogden, the Fearless Competitor, is President of Find New CustomersLead Generation Made Simple.” He’s also the author of two highly acclaimed white papers,How to Find New Customers and Definitive Guide to Making Quota, as well the ebook, Prospect Driven Marketing.

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