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Jo Whitehead on Why Good People Do Dumb Things

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Sir Fred Goodwin pushed Royal Bank of Scotland into the ABN Amro deal.

Tony Blair took Britain into Iraq.

Lord Browne, ex CEO of BP, lied in court about where he met his boyfriend.

Matthew Broderick, head of the operations centre responsible for crises in the US, reported, 12 hours after Hurricane Katrina had flooded New Orleans, that the levees had not been breached and went home for the night.

Jo Whitehead will explain why capable leaders make these kinds of dumb decisions and asks if we can do anything to help reduce their frequency.

Jo Whitehead has been Director of Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, part of Ashridge Business School, since 2005. Previously, he was on the faculty of London Business School and a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, has a PhD from London Business School in business strategy and organizational behaviour and was a Fulbright Scholar.

He is co-author of “Think Again: why capable leaders make bad decisions and how to stop it happening to you.” Jo will be speaking at Robinson College at 6pm on June 10th. The event is free, but you need to register at http://cambridgenetworksocialnetwork.ning.com/events/andrew-campbell-on-why-good

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