C. Warren Axelrod

Dangers in Solutions Past

In the March 2, 2009 edition of the Wall Street Journal, in the “Theory & Practice” section, Phred (sic.) Dvorak writes an article with the long title: “Dangers Can Lurk in Clinging to Solutions of the Past – Overconfidence, Bad Assumptions Can Cause Management Veterans to Underperform Less-Experienced Colleagues.” Coincidentally it is on page B4.

With such an explicit title, it isn’t even necessary to read the article to get the point. However, the article relates how Rohit Girdhar, who had managed software programmers at GE and product developers at Teradyne for eight years, failed miserably when his project management skills were tested using a computer-simulated exercise.

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