The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

Jean-Francois Manzoni & Jean-Louis Barsoux


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Does this scenario sound familiar? An employee you manage slips up somehow: a missed deadline, a lost account, or a weak presentation. You decide to oversee that person's work more closely. After all, if your direct reports aren't delivering, it's your head that will roll. To further your frustration, the more you 'help', the worse the employee's performance becomes. What's going on? In this eye-opening book, leadership experts Jean Francois Manzoni and Jean Louis Barsoux expose a disturbing and surprisingly rampant phenomenon. While common wisdom assumes that so-called poor performers fail in spite of their boss' best efforts, this book demonstrates exactly the opposite. In many cases, a boss' attitudes and behaviors actually cause or 'set up' certain individuals including those with great potential to fail. Based on ten years of study into boss subordinate relationships, Manzoni and Barsoux show that this Set-Up-to-Fail Syndrome is not confined to relationships with the proverbial 'boss from hell'. Even respected leaders, whether CEOs, teachers, or coaches get caught up in it.
Language English
ISBN-10 0-87584-949-0
No of pages 280
Book Publisher Harvard Business School Publishing
Published Date 30 Nov -0001

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