Pet projects present a problem. You can find yourself pouring good money after bad time after time. You can lose your mind as you lose your shirt. That can really shake up your ego, especially if your ego is tied into the project.
Drucker pointed out the failure of the Ford Edsel in Managing for Results. He considered the automobile “the most publicized American product fiasco.” He shared the Edsel as an “investment in managerial ego” amid six other “problem children” mentioned within the eleven major categories of business products. Forget the Edsel as poor example of American ingenuity. Think of it as an endeavor in egotism. Ford kept trying over and over again, but America was not buying the Edsel.
Imagine what would happen if the CEO decided to oversee a project that he felt intimately attached to despite the all of the analysis and findings by the research team. What would become of the nonprofit that allowed its chairman of the board to serve as the lead on a youth mentoring project without ever having mentored a single soul? Think about how it would be if your pastor decided to run the culinary ministry when he could never manage to boil water without scalding himself.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Ego can cause some real disasters. It can get us into some territory where we do not belong at all. Watch yourself before your ego leads you down the wrong road.
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