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The Payout for Patience

<i>“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive.”</i> (Genesis 50:20)<p>The story …

10 Questions Startups Use to Make Change Happen

Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been …

Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works

Recently we caught up with Roger Martin to talk about his new book Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works. Roger is Dean of the University of …

How to Make a Decision When Your Team Doesn't Agree

Don't just go with the majority opinion. Here's why.<p>In light of Margaret Thatcher's death, much discussion has ensued about her leadership style. That she could--and did--carry the day cannot disguise the fact that she polarized so many. She carried the majority, so what went wrong?<p>Randall …

Margaret Thatcher

7 Characteristics of Highly Creative People

Looking to hire for creativity? Research says you should look for these traits (but, be warned, not all of them make someone easy to work with).<p>Sure, it's possible for everyone to nurture his or her creative side, but honest observation shows that fresh ideas come more easily to some people than to …

Creativity

How to Be the Best Version of You

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." --Steve Jobs<p>Truly happy and successful people get that way by becoming the best, most genuine version of themselves they can be. Not on the outside--on the …

Motivation

11 Inspiring Quotes From Sir Richard Branson

The iconic Virgin Group founder seems to have done it all. Now he explains to Inc. how to start a company from pennies, when to "snoop around," and his trouble saying "no."<p>Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group--an empire of more than 400 companies that includes an airline, a mobile phone …

Richard Branson

10 Steps to a Remarkable Company Culture

Sure, you want your company to be a great place to work. Here's how to do it, starting today.<p>Paul Spiegelman, the founder and CEO of BerylHealth, a hospital call-center business, talks and writes often about the importance of building a strong company culture--not just because it's a nice thing to …

Leadership

Recruiting the First-Time Director

March 2013<p>In the quest for new skills and more diverse membership, boards are increasingly open to taking on first-time directors. This article …

Columbia University