Comments on: What CEOs can learn from Sherlock Holmes Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Azza9 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 03:48:48 +0000 I believe balance in all things is most likely the secret to true happiness. Confidence is one of those things you need to balance.
The writer doesn’t say confidence in general is bad, but that OVER confidence is. Implying you are going over the natural reasonable level. Preferring confirmation bias over actual confirmation.

That being said you can actually just boil the whole thing down to arrogance, ignorance and maybe impatience. In this fast paced world it seems expedience is valued more then quality and accuracy, especially in the executive world.

These CEO’s the writer is speaking of may be making mistakes because they are trying to keep up with their markets. Preferring confirmation bias because it’s quicker and appears to make more motion and progress.

By: seymourfrogs Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:41:56 +0000 “On a regular basis”.

Why do people say this, when “regularly” is so much more elegant?
Ditto “daily basis”. Why not “daily”?

By: ptiffany Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:31:15 +0000 More psychobabble: When someone is suffering from a severe inferiority complex, the rest of the world seems to be populated with over-confident people.

There are thousands of reasons why bad decisions are made and “over confidence” probably ranks near the bottom of the list. Now, if you want to pose ignorance as a candidate, that one’s ripe. How about using ideology as a basis for decision-making? Then, there are set worldviews that taint our thinking. We could go on and on.

By: ptiffany Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:10:19 +0000 It is so strange to use the musings of a fictional character to ascribe characteristics to leaders never met. Someone lives in a fantasy world.

By: JohnRasmussen Thu, 03 Jan 2013 18:41:15 +0000 Complacency and overconfidence.

I would like to add one more trait that can lead CEOs, especially American ones, to take potentially false steps and make decisions based on somewhat misguided perceptions of themselves.

While this really has nothing to do with a fictionalize, genius 19th century detective, it does have something to do with a more gritty, somewhat fictionalized 1920’s era Chicago story-


Why wouldn’t a CEO feel confident with his decision making prowess when he/she (they) know that nothing will happen if they over-reach. Certainly no legal or criminal ramifications.

How many legal experts have investigated the Wall Street collapse and concluded that it was shocking that nobody was sent to jail over it.

How about Rupert Murdoch?

There are very specific laws in the US regarding the bribing of foreign governments and officials by American companies. Does anyone doubt that bribes were paid in the British phone hacking scandal?

Sure there were some ‘camera friendly’ arrests, but Rupert just put his head down, weather the storm and has since made off like a dingo that just stole a baby!

From where we sit, we see overconfidence, arrogance, overreaching and complacency. From where they sit- What’s the worst that could happen? They would be force to resign…with a massive severance package.