For leaders, experience isn't always a good thing

Research into Standard & Poor's 500 CEOs suggests that chief executives who've held the job elsewhere underperform relative to novices. The problem could be what they know from the last go-around. "Their job-specific experience may slow down learning because some knowledge and techniques need to be 'unlearned,' " argue researchers Monika Hamori and Burak Koyuncu.

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