We worship winners—especially those who demonstrate leadership, confront a crisis and prevail. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as the hero did not create the crisis in the first place.
But what about those who keep crises from erupting at all?
Who are the UNSUNG heroes working for you (and helping you avoid the ditch)?
Are you only recognizing the “heroes” in your company, and ignoring those who help you avoid the storms altogether?
This article by John Kay in the Financial Times, “No One Remembers a Cautious Captain of Industry,” explores our sometimes foolish preference for the heroic over the prudent and for the bold over the wise.