Shekar Subramanian

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The Power of Meeting Your Employees’ Needs

What stands in the way of our being more satisfied and productive at work? That’s the fundamental question we sought to answer in a survey we conducted with HBR last fall. More than 19,000 people, at all levels in companies, across a broad range of industries, have so far responded to the questions …

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.<p>Never, ever, ever feed someone a …

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

What Makes a Leader?

Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. And they also know a story about someone with solid—but not extraordinary—intellectual abilities and technical skills who was promoted into a …

Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity

Modern life, particularly work life, has become increasingly hectic<b>.</b> There are relentless demands from meetings, emails, text messages, questions to answer, problems to solve, fires to put out. It can begin to feel like there is never any time to get “real work” done. If you feel overwhelmed by …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Speedboat

Are CEOs Really India’s Leading Export?

Satya Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft’s CEO was greeted with headlines such as “Why Microsoft and Everyone Else Loves Indian CEOs,” echoing Time’s 2011 lead heralding “India’s Leading Export: CEOs.” But have Indians really risen to the top of many of the world’s largest corporations? A …

Three Questions to Advance Your Career

In most organizations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers, and direct …

Five of Australia's treasured islands

Ah, Australia. Partying the night away amid the bright lights of Sydney. Exploring the undersea extravaganza of the Great Barrier Reef. Watching the sun rise over wind-sculpted Uluru. A visit Down Under is never short of do-before-you-die moments.<p>But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Oz …

Insight: Trust Your Team to Use Their Talent

<b>Adrian Moorhouse</b>, managing director of Lane4, shares the leadership lessons he learned as an Olympic athlete.

BBC road trip with Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1043000/1043566_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524756295_5f84a5c5b6420e5599ed817154531ea3<p><b>Well, this was a first. The first time I have got into a car and had to call the driver "your highness". But there is a lot about Sheikh Mohammed bin</b> …

The Case for Hiring “Outlier” Employees

A few months ago, software giant SAP announced plans to hire 650 new employees with autism.<p>Yes, autism—even though people on what’s known as the “autism spectrum” are often seen as unemployable. They typically have trouble interacting with others and tend to engage in repetitive behaviors. Only 15% …

Motivating People to Perform at Their Peak

Almost all decisions, big and small, are choices between <i>exploring</i> new possibilities and <i>exploiting</i> old ones. When you explore, you select an option that’s unknown—or reexamine one that wasn’t optimal in the past to get new information about it. When you exploit, you choose something that’s yielded …

Lake Sorvagsvatn in Faroe Islands

Tip: How Successful People Reach Their Goals

<b>Heidi Grant Halvorson</b>, author of <i>Nine Things Successful People Do Differently</i>, shares proven tactics for setting and achieving your goals — no matter how distant they seem.

Leading by Letting Go

If you are running a large company anywhere in the world, you have almost certainly asked yourself some version of this question: “How can we get tens of thousands of employees to deliver memorable customer experiences that enhance our brand, all at a reasonable cost?”<p>The answer many have latched …

Morocco's Majestic Coastal Road

Morocco has long been an exotic and adventurous oasis for savvy travelers and global thrill seekers. If you have already explored the Saharan, climbed the Atlas Mountains and seen Morocco's many cities and medinas, it's time to dive deep into Morocco's coastal road. You will easily be seduced by …

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data. In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of …

How Will You Measure Your Life?

<i>Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition</i> …

Apple Mac Pro review (2013): small, fast and in a league of its own

It would be an understatement to say that Apple's Mac Pro workstation was getting a little long in the tooth. As of summer 2012, it was missing Apple's own Thunderbolt ports, not to mention 802.11n WiFi. Finally, though, Apple released an updated version, and it addresses a little more than just …

A Winning Culture Keeps Score

People often think of corporate culture as “soft” because it involves squishy things like values and expectations. That’s true as far as it goes—but winning cultures have a hard, metrics-driven element as well. A culture that feels upbeat and positive but doesn’t contribute to profitable growth or …

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