HBS: Ruthlessly Realistic: How CEOs Must Overcome Denial

This is an interesting article and interview with Tedlow, the author of “Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face-and What to Do About It.” The author talks about the impact of denial which controls CEO’s minds and actions, though they don’t admit it, on their organizations and companies. He defines denial as “the unwillingness to acknowledge and deal with reality, or “knowing with not knowing” or “seeing but not seeing”. No matter how he defines it, Tedlow argues that the problem is “ubiquitous” in today’s business environment. He discussed cases of denial from the US economy and history such as GM, Ford and A&P.