Everyone has one and wishes they didn’t: the unwanted advice-giver who loves to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong and offer his unsolicited opinion. Whether he’s a successful CEO or your brother-in-law, he seems to pop up just when you’re feeling unsure of yourself.
Unfortunately, in business, the leaders who really need good advice are the most vulnerable to bad advice. Entrepreneurs usually don’t have high-quality boards, rarely have a wealth of industry expertise and may be entering new markets with no precedent to draw on. While a little helpful advice can go a long way, bad advice is worse than no advice at all.
Here are the people to watch out for and avoid taking advice from:
The know-it-alls: Know-it-alls are overconfident because they’ve seen situations play out as expected in their industry and assume their advice can work for any industry. These people may sound smart and have tons of experience, but you should avoid letting their opinion drown out common sense. When their experience comes from scenarios that aren’t applicable to your situation, their advice isn’t relevant.
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