The Mission Briefing, Eric Dowing


A blog by Eric Downing that offers leadership coaching for executives. Watch and engage with Eric Downing on topics of leadership, strategy, critical thinking and competitive advantage.


How to keep your corporate team intact in the new virtual workplace

September 10th, 2020|

Is your team still a team? In a virtual environment it is extremely easy for team building to take a backseat to a more task-oriented, day-to-day method of functioning. There’s a risk that teams will begin to disconnect and slip into the loose affiliation of a group.

Don’t Let The Cobra Effect Bite You

October 1st, 2019|

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

September 4th, 2019|

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

July 3rd, 2019|

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.

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