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Key to success: Just 5% more

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Entrepreneur Michael Alden says the key to success is often just 5% more: putting in 5% more time and effort, giving 5% more to employees or being 5% more efficient.

He tells this story:

Two software engineers at a large tech company both applied for a management position. The vice president had a tough time finding a difference between them: both went to good colleges, both had master’s degrees and both were go-getters. Both cared about their work, both excelled and both were the first to arrive and last to leave every day. He had to choose.

The difference: Only one had taken a free management course offered by the company. He got the job.

— Adapted from 5% More, Michael Alden, Wiley.

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