Think of the times in your career when an executive, manager or employee just flat-out screwed up.
It was probably due to a failure to execute the basics. Seldom are such blunders the result of botching the terribly complicated.
"All I ask," people moan, "is for this person to [pick one: a: simply do his job; b: treat others will basic courtesy; c: show up on time; d: meet reasonable deadlines; e: stop making sarcastic remarks; f: do what she says she will do."]
You can easily add others. Perhaps when we measure job applicants on their desire for success, we should also measure their desire for failure.