James Hearn

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3 Questions Executives Should Ask Front-Line Workers

The higher up you go in an organization, the harder it is to stay in touch with what’s really happening on the front lines. And the bad news—if you hear it at all—is presented only in the best possible light. How do you get the real truth about what’s happening out in the field? How do you stay …

How to Execute a 15-Word Strategy Statement

There is no shortage of stories and anecdotes to illustrate how the best strategies can nearly always be reduced down to a brief but powerful statement and even more ink has been spilled describing the dangers of strategy statements that read like detailed action plans.<p>But how do you go about …

3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one …

9 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

So many books, so little time. Here's where to find the best advice for your business.<p>Some of the best content to be found about startups is locked in books. An entrepreneur asked me yesterday for a 140 character recommendation of one book for founders. Reducing my list to just one and condensing …

Al Gore

The Most Important Success and Happiness Rules You Can Learn From My Mom

Just in time for Mother's Day, here's the most important success and happiness advice I ever got from my mom--told in two related ways.<p>Recently, my column 17 Daily Habits My Dad Insists Will Make You Happier and More Successful was one of the most popular articles on <i>Inc</i>. This was very gratifying …

Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Strategic Thinking Is Wrong

Strategic thinking is about prioritizing tasks and decisions and executing on them well. Unfortunately business leaders often have the wrong idea about the concept.<p>It's often said that every leader needs to think strategically. But what does thinking strategically mean exactly?<p>Nick Tasler, the CEO …

Management

A 10-Second Method to Test the Vitality of Your Startup Idea

How badly do your potential customers really need what you're selling? Can they live without it? Here's a simple framework for assessing just how vital your business could be.<p>In 1998, <i>Inc.</i> magazine had a recurring section devoted to startup trends called "Upstarts."<p>At the time, a red-hot field was …

Insurgents say Ukraine region opts for sovereignty

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian …