Sound familiar? Entrepreneurs that fail the second time (and even again) after a big success often have become drunk on the accolades.

Top performers need to be heard. This includes top performers who aren’t necessarily the boss. Making a substantive contribution to success, regardless of where the accolades are ultimately directed, is a substantial part of what motivates such people to work hard and think critically. Being told they’re wrong at every turn? Not so much. When egos begin to run the decision process in an organization, those more comfortable with reasoned collaboration depart for loftier climes.

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Invariably, they are replaced by sycophants and other yes-men who follow success rather than manifesting it. These second units usually fail to challenge leaders, bring more limited domain expertise and are reticent to offer the critical thinking that helped to make that first collaboration so successful.

“Time and again, they feel like they could have done it themselves, and if they had done it their way, it would have been even bigger,” says the producer quoted in the New York Post. “So, they jettison the people who helped them get where they are and hire people who are less powerful [and] who let them do what they want. I think that may be where Lady Gaga is.”

Lady Gaga’s new album, public persona and performances currently are being routinely panned as “tone deaf” and self-congratulatory. As she struggles to pull her new album through the doldrums of popular obscurity, she finds herself in a precarious position—heeding advice from no one and surrounded by people too afraid to offer constructive dissent, with her army of brilliant collaborators long since departed.

I can think of no worse position for a company’s chief executive.

Ian Andrew Bell is an entrepreneur and writer based in Vancouver. He does not listen to Lady Gaga. Or even Radio Gaga.

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