Having an affair with a colleague tops the list of seven deadly business sins that newly-appointed bosses should avoid at all costs.Garrett O’Keeffe of First100, which compiled the list, explains: “Life at the top can sometimes seem a lonely place which probably goes a long way to explaining why some of our leading public figures are tempted to stray, but the potential long-term damage to an organisation both internally and externally is immense.” Take former RBS chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin or ex-England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson, who both had high profile (and now damaging) relationships with more junior colleagues. What are the other seven deadly business sins?
- Don’t sleep with a colleague (unless you are married or in a relationship with them!);
- Don’t keep referring to “how we did things in my old company”;
- Avoid too many introductory meetings which you can’t follow up;
- Don’t make decisions just for the sake of being decisive;
- Don’t avoid sacking someone in the hope they’ll work out – they rarely do;
- Don’t avoid playing the political game – everyone else is at it;
- Avoid telling staff you’re going to spend your first 3 months asking questions.
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