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Bosses need to be aware of the seven deadly sins. (Dmitriy Berkut/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Bosses need to be aware of the seven deadly sins. (Dmitriy Berkut/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Bosses, beware of the seven deadly sins Add to ...

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The seven deadly sins of bosses, according to consultant Wally Bock, are: playing favourites, arbitrariness, indecision, lack of communication, lying, letting problems fester, and acting as if everything is about you rather than about accomplishing the mission and caring for people. Three Star Leadership Blog

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Funny what you’ll learn when you focus

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Tally the sharing of your URLs

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