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Why The Peter Principle is Outrageously Wrong | Inc.com

In 1969, Canadian Author Lawrence Peter developed an unorthodox concept that became known as The Peter Principle. Paraphrased, it states that employees will always rise to their level of incompetence. You know all too well what this means. A line employee, or an individual contributor does great on …

Employment

Want to Be a Great Leader? Do This 1 Thing First (Most Bosses Do the Opposite) | Inc.com

The audience was polite but definitely not captivated. I was struggling to engage them. OK, to be honest, I was kinda dying onstage.<p>Maybe I was having an off day. Maybe they were having an off day.<p>Or maybe the fact every one of the 100 people in attendance was a CEO, an executive, or the owner of a …

Leadership

HR Can’t Change Company Culture by Itself

A strong culture is vital for organizational success – as evidenced by the relationship between culture and leadership, employee commitment, customer satisfaction, and innovation. But “strong” doesn’t mean fixed. As the organizational goals and strategy change over time, so too should culture …

What Great Managers Do

“The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little …

3 Things Managers Should Be Doing Every Day

“When are we supposed to do all <i>that</i>?” That’s the question we constantly get from new managers, only weeks or months into their new positions, when we describe the three key activities they should be focusing on to be successful as leaders: building trust, building a team, and building a broader …

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

<i>DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR</i><p>In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know …

How One Fast-Food Chain Keeps Its Turnover Rates Absurdly Low

Many of us who are hungry for the latest dispatches from the war for talent look to to Silicon Valley. We want to know Google’s secret to hiring the best people or Mark Zuckerberg’s one tip for hiring employees. But in a world where most companies don’t operate on the frontiers of digital …

6 Habits of Super Successful People | Inc.com

Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It's because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are six things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.<p>1. <b>Keep Your Eye</b> …

Self-improvement

10 Regrets Most Entrepreneurs Eventually Face

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>From the time you first start thinking about owning your own business to the day you open the …

A CEO shares the success habit he wishes he knew years ago

They work on stuff until someone distracts them.<p>Then they react to what the other person needs. That's true at home and in the office. And it's the easiest way to keep spinning your wheels for months or even years on end.<p>Look at the calendar of most people, and you'll find a good assortment of the …

A Harvard MBA student shares 5 business books that will help anyone succeed

Sounds interesting, but, of course, most of them don't say much more than what's printed in the summary on the back.<p>As someone who has read a ton of business books over the past few years, I figured I would save you some time and money by sharing the ones that I've found to really be useful.<p>If you …

What If There Was a Formula for Success?

What if there was a formula for success: a simple, easy-to-understand, repeatable formula that we could follow that would improve our results?<p>If there is a formula for success, then it doesn't seem to be well-known. IBM states that 60 percent of all IT projects fail, Bloomberg research shows that …

Management

5 Leadership Resolutions For 2016

It’s no longer a matter of learning leadership at school or from a book. By the time you’ve finished your studies, the world will have changed, and you’ll be playing catch-up. It’s an issue many professors and leaders themselves have addressed. So I pulled together and synthesized these ideas into …

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The 1 Thing the Best CEOs All Do | Inc.com

CEOs are willing to jump in on almost any issue. They may not always be "experts" in the area, but they aren't afraid to speak their mind and jump in.<p>Call it micro-management. Call it over-caring. It doesn't matter, entrepreneurial CEOs will work a level or two below their pay grade.<p>When they hire …

Leadership

16 brilliant quotes from Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's right-hand man

And then he met Warren Buffett.<p>The rest is history.<p>As vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Munger is Buffett's right-hand man. He has an estimated net worth of $1.19 billion.<p>Like Buffett, Munger is incredibly sharp in his wit and investing wisdom. You might even argue that his words are more blunt …

5 Signs Your Employees Are About to Turn Against You | Inc.com

Craig Groeschel is a really smart guy. He happens to be a pastor of a very large church, but he's also a leadership expert. He's written several books and speaks at conferences (I heard him recently at one called Catalyst One Day in Minneapolis and met him afterward for an interview; more to come …

Employment

4 Surefire Ways to Save Your Best People From Quitting | Inc.com

Are you spending this Thanksgiving week being thankful for your team, or perhaps you are thinking that one of your critical people will quit?<p>When you lose a member of your team it typical costs 150 percent of an employee's salary to replace them, when you consider the cost of hiring, training and …

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From the Top Down: 4 Ways Leaders Can Shape a Positive Company Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most leaders desire the idyllic business culture -- one marked by happy, productive and fulfilled employees. You can hire the right people, pay a great salary and add attractive benefits and a dynamic office environment, but if your …

6 Reasons Why 'My Way or the Highway' Management Doesn't Work Anymore

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Say what you will about opposites attracting -- the fact is that for the most part, we feel drawn towards those who are most like us. This is especially the case in upper levels of management. A quick look at leaders within companies will …

3 Tips for Managing a Boss You Don't Even Like

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you've ever had a job, you've probably felt that your boss is a jerk. They want too much, they set unreasonable tasks and they just don't get you. Yet, a key element of a harmonic work environment and stress-free life is a good …

7 Long-Term Productivity Habits Of The Most Successful People

Most employees are happiest doing rote work, but highly successful people aren’t most employees.<p>One thing uniting the most high-power leaders with the lowest-level workers is time: Day in and day out, we all have the same amount of it. Where the variation comes in is how we use it. Some of the most …

Are You a Wimp Hiding as a Leader? | Inc.com

How many times have you sat with friends over dinner and discussed a well-known political or organizational leader and someone blurts out, "He's a wimp!"<p>Everyone shrugs their shoulders--some agreeing--some disagreeing. Those that agree tend to believe the leader in question never gets results …

Leadership

5 Essential Habits Every Successful CEO Needs to Adopt Today | Inc.com

I have loved getting to know venture capitalists from all over the country during my time fundraising for my company QuotaDeck and probably will be back at it again next year for our series A round. One thing I love when talking to VCs is hearing about their experiences and background.<p>I was able to …

Leadership

12 Leadership Traits of the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whenever individuals like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or Richard Branson speak, we have a tendency to listen because we want to learn from how their achieved that level of success. And, it turns out that wealthy people are leaders who …

What every manager can do to boost employee happiness

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

The 40-30-20-10 Rule Of Time Management

The underlying concept behind every piece of time management advice you’ve ever received is that you should spend more focused time on what matters most and less or no time on distractions from what matters most. The trouble is that that choice is rarely black and white but, rather, filled with all …

Time Management

5 key lessons on becoming a CEO

40 years ago, she was a struggling computer programmer for AT&T in Philadelphia.<p>Today, she is the only woman on the President’s Management Advisory …

World Economic Forum

Turning Great Strategy into Great Performance

Three years ago, the leadership team at a major manufacturer spent months developing a new strategy for its European business. Over the prior half-decade, six new competitors had entered the market, each deploying the latest in low-cost manufacturing technology and slashing prices to gain market …

Best Buy CEO on how to lead a corporate turnaround (without making employees hate you)

Exactly three years ago, as Hubert Joly, the then-new CEO of Best Buy, prepared to meet Wall Street for the first time to unveil his plan to rescue …

8 Secrets of the Boss Employees Genuinely Love to Work For | Inc.com

I liked working for some of my bosses. But only one of them was a boss I genuinely <i>loved</i> to work for.<p>That's because the bosses we love to work for have not just great technical skills but also qualities that make an impact where it matters the most: in the hearts and minds of the people they lead.<p>If …

Leadership