Even the best bosses find themselves inside a bubble when they become CEO, says David Reimer, CEO for the Americas at Merryck & Co. People start tailoring their answers to what they think the CEO wants to hear, which makes it hard to keep tabs on what's actually happening. "At a lot of organizations, an outsider would have seen problems coming from a few miles away. But inside the organization, even at the C-suite level, it came as a shock when it finally occurred," Reimer explains.

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