The Enemies of Excellence
The Enemies of Excellence

The Enemies of Excellence

7 Reasons Why We Sabotage Success


112 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket

Hardcover, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: April 2011

ISBN 9780824526269


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A system of checks and balances to keep leaders on the up and up

A handbook that addresses the moral failures and corruption of political and corporate officials, this reference suggests that, regardless of how morally strong a leader, all face seven core risks, but by identifying and learning to recognize each risk, leaders can stop creating misery for themselves and the people who rely on them emotionally and financially and deliver the sustainable success people count on them for. Following the story of “Rob,” this story begins with the demise of a fallen hero—revisiting the choices Rob made as he first took a leadership role and began growing in stature and power. At every step in Rob’s ascent, the author demonstrates how each of the seven fatal risk factors build upon one another, creating an inevitable downward spiral. The author then offers practical ways to avoid Rob’s fate with the marshalling of diagnostic tools, questions, and quizzes as well as big-picture solutions and practical tasks that aim to reinforce leadership abilities, retain confidence, and earn and keep the trust of others.


"Salciccioli shows how strength of character can overcome the Enemies of Excellence so readers can shift their focus and live balanced, authentic lives. If you recognize yourself in these words, you must read this book!" —Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Lead with LUV

"An extraordinary book! Greg is one of the best leadership coaches in America today." —Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author, The Dream Manager and The Rhythm of Life

"There is something inherent in being a person of influence that creates a likelihood of pain and self-destruction. This book is a wake-up call for all people who find themselves in positions of leadership and influence, and who want to preserve their families, their organizations, their self-respect and their peace of heart and mind. The tragedy that can be avoided by heeding the advice here, and the joy that can be experienced through authentic, humble leadership, makes this a treasure."—Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Author Biography

Greg Salciccioli is a founder and team coach for Ministry Coaching International. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Patrick Lencioni is the bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Five Temptations of a CEO, and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. He lives in Lafayette, California.