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Peter Principle Is 40, Alive And Well

23 August, 2009 Posted by John G. Self
The late Dr. Peter argued that we ask for more and more until we ask for too much, Mr. Sutton writes. “Then these individuals -- promoted to positions in which they are doomed to fail – start using a bag of tricks to mask their incompetence. They distract us from their crummy work with giant desks, replace action with incomprehensible acronyms, blame others for failure, cheat to create the illusion of progress. Read more»

MBA OATH: A Worthy Pledge In Troubled Times

29 June, 2009 Posted by John G. Self
CHICAGO (June 28, 2009) -- “…my purpose is to serve the greater good…this oath I make freely and upon my honor.” At first read, I thought these words must have come from an oath for politicians, far too many whom will eventually succumb to the temptations of office or the corrupting influences so inherent in the re-election process. No, surprisingly, these words come from the Harvard-inspired MBA oath that mo Read more»

Credit Report: A Blunt Weapon in Hiring

17 June, 2009 Posted by John G. Self
DALLAS (June 17, 2009) -- For years, corporate recruiting executives and managers barely checked candidate-provided references – much less criminal, civil or credit records before making employment offers. Now, in a country known for not finding the middle ground if it had a map, a compass and a finely tuned sense of direction, companies are eliminating otherwise qualified candidates who are out of work. The reason Read more»