Are we a victim of your own success ?

I quite agree to this article on Harvard Business Review, something worth pondering.

Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:

Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.

Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure.

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Personally, the only counter argument I could think of is to enhance our ability to create leaders to hand over the reins to of areas where we lose focus.

Also, this quote by Alvin Toffer is quite a good reminder of continuous unlearning and relearning. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

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