Tuesday, August 27, 2013

AOL's Armstrong Falls Victim to an Ego Trap

Tim Armstrong.
Victim of Ego Trap 6 - Underestimating How Much You're Being Watched.

First, he is human and was triggered by an employee who was not following his stated rules. Second, he is feeling the weight of the company's future on his shoulders.  But in the end, by lashing out at an employee and firing him on a public conference call, Mr. Armstrong sadly fell victim to Ego over EQ. Instead of recognizing his temper start to flare, reading the environment he was in, and responding like a composed leader he let his emotions get the better of him, forgot he was in such a public forum, and lost his self control. Seconds of mindful attention can save an executive from embarrassment and a loss of credibility.



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