Leadership Fail: Top Worst Management Strategies
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Some strategies have become part of traditional practices, but that doesn’t make them effective. As industries evolve and the business market changes, leadership styles should adjust with the times. Inc. writer Geoffrey James details the worst management fads and why you should ease away from them:

Fad 1. Best Practices: For decades, management pundits have insisted it’s possible to become successful by imitating the strategies and tactics of existing firms that are already successful. There’s only one problem with this strategy: it doesn’t work.

The most highly successful companies—Apple, Coke, IBM, P&G, etc.—tend to be one-of-a-kind. The strategies that work (or worked) for them aren’t likely to work in a different industry or for a smaller firm.

What’s worse, the “successful” firms featured in such books are often past their prime anyway. The seminal “best practices” book In Search of Excellence is a case in point. Most of the companies featured in the book did terribly after the book came out.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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