Other sagacious advice includes avoiding chili before a big meeting.
Superstar business managers never tire of seeking ways to help differentiate their employer from other employers. Sometimes such efforts backfire, thereby calling into question the manager’s judgement. Sometimes, they’re downright fraudulent, thereby calling into question the manager’s ethics.
The golden mean between superstar and fraudster is where most managers, indeed most professionals, ply their trade. They are willing to make judgement calls and accept accountability for those calls. On the occasions when they commit error, they try to learn from it and hope that they will get a chance to demonstrate the ways in which they were able to turn crisis into opportunity.
The fact that no one is perfect guarantees that each of us will, at least once in a while, make a mess of things. Whether it’s procrastination, or pedantry, or positivism to the detriment of freedom to innovate, try to avoid repeating such messes.