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George Ammar | CEOs on habits that are bad for business

CEO’s didn’t get to where they are today because of sheer talent and genius. Hard work, determination, perseverance, focus, and resilience are their common factors for success. But there is one other, often overlooked, factor: habits. For George Ammar, habits are what can make or break you. For one to be successful at anything, consistency is key and at the root of consistency are your habits.

In an article George Ammar came across recently, he discovered specific bad habits that some of today’s most successful CEO’s needed to let go of in order to become role models for their respective organizations. First off, George believes that a good leader takes the “role model” part of the job description very seriously. With that said, George begins the list of habits that are bad for business with this…

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1. Yelling and barking orders

Yelling is a manifestation of anger, says George Ammar, and anger is the quickest route to losing the respect of your team. A good leader, a CEO, knows how to communicate effectively and for that matter, has full control of their emotions. Mark Cuban, businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, admitted in a podcast that he had the habit of yelling at his partner (Martin Woodall with whom Mark co-founded Broadcast.com) in hopes of getting his point across. What Mark learned, however, is that not only did yelling fail to get his point across but more importantly, it created friction between him and his business partner, put him under a lot of stress, caused him too much anxiety, and affected the performance of the organization.

George Ammar adds, “Yelling and barking orders may make people listen to you, but it doesn’t necessarily translate to being heard.”

2. Putting things off at the last minute

In a previous post, George talked about how procrastination isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it could open your eyes to what you’re actually passionate about, what you ultimately want to do with your life. But overall, procrastination is a habit that could have dire consequences, which makes it a bad habit.

Bill Gates, the philanthropist and businessman best known for being the founder of Microsoft Corporation, was known in his younger years as a “master procrastinator.” When he entered the business sector, he realized that everything had a deadline and that being a good businessman means being on time. Thankfully, he curbed his habit of putting things off at the last minute, and to a certain degree, he is where he is now because of it, at least in the personal opinion of George Ammar.

3. The caffeine habit

This may seem like the most trivial entry here but when you really think about it, how much of your day is dependent on your caffeine fix, asks George Ammar. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, admitted in an interview that the amount of caffeine he takes in a day is “something ridiculous.” In a word, he found being over-caffeinated got him “really wired,” which isn’t good. Too much caffeine can make you jumpy and jittery, may cause anxiety, increase your stress level and cause insomnia; a combination that isn’t good for your health or business.