By: Sydney Finkelstein, Associate Dean for Executive Education Posted: Apr 20th, 2015

Why is a business school professor like me talking about the paleo diet? Well, as someone who has studied the factors that lead to success and failures – both for individual leaders and for organizations – I have seen troubling behavior patterns emerge. Here in this video, I reference a blog that I wrote about the paleo diet die-hards as an example of how dangerous it is to shut down different ways of thinking and become bound to one fundamentalist idea. What if a caveman diet is not the healthiest approach? Is it not worth some debate and looking at the actual research of a primarily meat versus plant-based diet?

But it’s less about the diet than it is about the underlying behavior. In a business world where innovation, adaptation and change are critical for staying on top, my research shows that open-mindedness is one antidote to becoming obsolete.

In this new series of videos I’m doing in collaboration with Thinkers50, I’ll build on my regular BBC column to provide added insight on strategy, leadership, and observations of human nature on and off the job.

To your leadership success,

Syd Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management, Associate Dean for Executive Education, and Faculty Director of the Leadership Center at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Syd has published 19 books and 80 articles, including the #1 bestseller Why Smart Executives Fail. He can be contacted on twitter: @sydfinkelstein


Professor Finkelstein teaches in the following Tuck Executive Education programs:

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