How to Find the Perfect Job Applicant (or Look Like One)

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Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown

Leonard A. Schlesinger is the president of Babson College. Charles F. Kiefer is president of Innovation Associates. Paul B. Brown is a long-time contributor to the New York Times. They are the coauthors of Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future(HBR Press 2012). Learn more at

While we are flattered by the response to our previous post,Career Plans Are Dangerous, we weren’t quite anticipating the push back. All we were saying is that if you find yourself in a profession which is evolving rapidly, career planning just doesn’t make a lot of sense. And our advice to employers was equally straightforward: If no one knows what the future in your field is going to be, then asking the standard interview question “where do you see yourself in five years?” is silly. Seguir leyendo “How to Find the Perfect Job Applicant (or Look Like One)”

Keeping Your Business Plan Flexible

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by Amy Gallo

People make business plans for all sorts of reasons — to attract funding, evaluate future growth, build partnerships, or guide development. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these plans are usually out of date by the time the printer ink dries. Business moves fast: the product’s features morph, new competitors emerge, or the economic climate shifts. When these changes occur, many people just throw their business plans out the window. For a plan to be truly valuable it needs to evolve with your company and stay relevant in the face of uncertainty. Seguir leyendo “Keeping Your Business Plan Flexible”