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About Eric Downing

Whether working with the most effective individuals in an organization, or the least, Dr. Eric Downing understands how to get people to perform at their best. He helps people discover their unseen advantage, the skill that makes them uniquely indispensable to their organizations. Eric's goal is to help every individual find a real mission in the work they do.

Don’t Let The Cobra Effect Bite You

By |2019-10-01T18:01:02+00:00October 1st, 2019|Strategy|

History has many important lessons to teach us, especially when it comes to the consequences of aggressively pursuing a bad strategy. One such lesson comes from the time of British rule of colonial India when something know as the Cobra Effect became a classic example of a well-intentioned leadership intervention that produced exactly the opposite results from what was expected.

Your Next Promotion Won’t Be Why You Fail

By |2019-10-01T17:04:18+00:00September 4th, 2019|Leadership Development|

The time-tested Peter Principle states that as employees rise in the hierarchy of the organization, they eventually reach a level of incompetence that leads to their failure and eventual demise. In the new corporate paradigm, the Peter principle is even more insidious. The more competent you are and the more willing you are to take on additional tasks and responsibilities, the more likely the organization will load you up until you fail.

Why a Rearview Mirror is More Valuable than a Crystal Ball

By |2019-10-01T17:04:59+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Competitive Advantage, Review & Analyisis|

Most meetings fall into one of two categories. There are the Crystal Ball meetings that focus on planning, forecasting and strategizing. And there’s the far-less common Rearview Mirror meetings that focus on reviewing, analyzing and figuring out the lesson learned. If you really want to supercharge your organization and magnify your competitive advantage, commit to using the Rearview Mirror meeting to its full effect.

Don’t reinvent yourself, reinvigorate yourself

By |2019-10-01T17:05:14+00:00June 5th, 2019|Leadership Development, Video|

The threat of irrelevance is pushing professionals to think they need to keep changing and developing. But reinventing yourself is not as easy as the recruiters and self-help books might have you believe. My suggestion is don’t reinvent yourself, reinvigorate yourself. A reenergized you today, is far more useful than a reinvented future self.

Why Leadership and Development Programs Fail, Part 1

By |2019-10-01T17:03:44+00:00March 6th, 2019|Leadership Development, Video|

It’s a sad but true fact that the majority of well-meaning leadership development and training programs fail, or at least fall short of expectations. As I coach and consult with C-Suite leaders, this ranks amongst the biggest disappointments that they routinely relate to me. In my experience, there are three primary reasons that these important initiatives fail to produce the desired results.