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  • Bob Elfanbaum

    The Mistake: Not having a leadership plan in place that accounted for rapid growth. Our company really started in 1999 as a dot-com when rapid growth...

  • Frank Ashmore

    The Mistake: Believing that if you’re the guy at the top, there’s less room for other people. Competing, being a driven personality and staying at...

  • Jason Kyle

    The Mistake: I didn’t take enough time to look at how [customers] saw the business and how they interpreted it.​ I played in the NFL for 16 years and...

  • Andrea Lechner-Becker

    The Mistake: I thought that management was all about telling people what to do and that they would learn what I wanted from them by following my...

  • Ken Beckrich

    The Mistake: Not realizing there is always randomness in the market.​ While I was working for a large medical-device company, a technology was...

  • David DelZotto

    The Mistake: Before 2008, I was buying land in other markets and titling it because we could sell it to homebuilders before we even mapped the lots....

  • Bob Sikora

    The Mistake: Starting in 1971, I began growing a chain of 24 Bobby McGee’s across the U.S. and Australia, but I grew too fast. I was trying to get...