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Love in Vain

IT USED to be that an employee having problems at home would keep schtum about it in front of his boss. Moaning about your home life, claimed Jack Welch, the fiery ex-chief of GE, was a “phenomenon of below-average performers”. A manager’s job was to screw more work out of you, not to act as…

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Why Inspiring Leaders Don’t Always Make Good Bosses

While they might get all of the attention, inspiring leaders such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Sam Walton aren’t the best fit for every business, new research suggests. A study from the University of Iowa finds that sometimes leaders don’t need to be transformational to lead a highly productive group. Instead, it might be…

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What is an Organization

By HadiAref* The answer to this Question seems obvious at first glance. We all believe that we know what an organization is and that we can recognize one when we see it. But If we try to define an organization we will find ourselves facing many difficulties and unable to provide an inclusive and exclusive…

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Ethical Theories in Business

by Scott Thompson Business leaders make ethically significant decisions every single day, and they always do so according to some theory of ethical behavior whether they think of it that way or not. A basic understanding of the most important ethical theories can help a business owner think clearly about ethical problems and make well-informed…

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Three Theories of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporations as Responsible A Civil Action was originally a novel, but more people have seen the movie, which was distributed by W. W. Hodkinson’s old company, Paramount. One of the memorable scenes is John Travolta playing a hotshot lawyer speeding up a rural highway to Woburn, Massachusetts. He gets pulled over and ticketed. Then he…

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Great Entrepreneurs Pick Great Markets

It’s hard to underestimate the power of an attractive or unattractive market in driving outcomes for companies, including start-ups. As Andy Rachleff, one of the founders of the venture capital firm Benchmark has said “When a great team meets a lousy market, markets win.” For entrepreneurs, then, the challenge is to find an opportunity in…

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Doing Less, Leading More

Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we do high-quality work. In a word, we’re doers. But when we carry this mindset into our first leadership…

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