You will learn to treat yourself in a way that you would never treat your staff. You will yell at yourself and criticize yourself to such an extreme that it would be grounds for a harassment law suit from anyone else. When I first started my communications firm, I would catch myself whispering in my own head about how close to failure I was.
And there were times when we had the right vision, but bad execution. The merger with Time Warner is an example of that. We merged the companies in 2000, and talked about a bright digital future. This was before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Netflix or the iPod existed, and all of those were concepts we envisioned the combined company being able to lead on. But we just couldn’t get people working together on these initiatives. I learned the hard way what Thomas Edison said a century ago: “vision without execution is hallucination.”