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Nothing to See Here: Richard Tedlow Explains Why So Many CEOs Refuse to Confront the Truth

by Richard S. Tedlow

Abstract

The article presents an interview with business historian Richard Tedlow on the topic of why chief executive officers (CEOs) sometimes refuse to acknowledge data or information that indicate they need to shift their strategy. He notes that denial is a typical response to terrifying truths. He says CEOs need to surround themselves with people unafraid to be truthful, and that CEOs should be proactive in soliciting contrary points of view.

Keywords: Management;

Citation:

Tedlow, Richard S. "Nothing to See Here: Richard Tedlow Explains Why So Many CEOs Refuse to Confront the Truth." Conference Board Review 47, no. 3 (Spring 2010). (A conversation with Richard Tedlow, by Matthew Budman.)