3. The wise executive’s secret of success

It’s tempting to believe in ‘secret formulas for success’ because the alternative — accepting that the world is unpredictable, the journey ahead will be clouded in uncertainty, and that leading a large team (many with big egos) is extremely complex — isn’t appealing.

In this volatile world we can tell ourselves comforting lies — that the future is predictable, management can be made simple, and cultures can be changed if we adopt a certain method.⁠

Yet the wise Executive doesn’t believe in comforting lies. S/he knows that success doesn’t come from following someone else’s ‘secrets for success’ but by creating your own instead.