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Maya Angelou writes poem in honour of Nelson Mandela

The American writer Maya Angelou has written and recited a poem in honour of Nelson Mandela, whom she met in the 1960s when she lived in Cairo.<p>In the poem, His Day is Done, Angelou mourns Mandela's death, praises him as a modern-day David who slew a mighty Goliath and a Gideon, who freed the South …

Nelson Mandela's words of wisdom

Nelson Mandela was a man who inspired people from all walks of life from all over the world.<p>Here are some of his most famous quotes to remember.<p>“I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

Three Qualities Every Leader Needs to Succeed on a Team

“I want your help developing my direct reports into stronger leaders,” John* the new CEO of Fasseni, a $350 million technology company, told me several years ago.<p>Initially, I approached the request like any consultant might.<p>First, I asked John why he wanted my help. He told me that Fasseni had …

Measuring Yourself on the Three Imperatives

The Growing Power of Inside Sales

<i>The number of inside sales jobs has increased dramatically in recent years, far outpacing the growth in jobs for field salespeople. We spoke with Mike Moorman, a senior leader in ZS Associates’ B2B sales and marketing practice and a leading authority on sales management, about how inside sales</i> …

How to Schedule Time for Meaningful Work

An interview with <b>Julian Birkinshaw</b> and <b>Jordan Cohen</b>, coauthors of the article Make Time for the Work that Matters. To identify the tasks you need to drop or outsource, take this interactive assessment.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. Today I’m …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

Disengaged Employees? Do Something About It

New data on employee engagement is in, and it’s downright discouraging. As this post by HBR’s Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup’s research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. This means seven out of ten people are either “checked out”, or actively hostile toward …

Don’t Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Out of the many ways that managers get things done, one of the most underused is what I call “convening authority”: the ability to bring people together to share information, build alignment, or solve problems. To explain, let me share a quick example, in two acts:<p>In Act One, the manager of a …

How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome

We’ve all wanted to please the boss. And if that sometimes means that we do something we think is stupid or misguided so be it — is it worth spending our social or political capital on making a fuss about just one small thing? Better to shrug and accept it and maybe build up some goodwill for when …

5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager

As the world of work continues to change so do the qualities and characteristics of the managers who are going to be leading our companies. Work is not the same as it used to be and we are seeing dramatic changes in both behavior and technology not just in our personal lives but in our professional …

Habits of Highly Effective Communicators -- Part 1: Creating Trust

<b>“Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying”</b><p><b>–Pink Floyd</b><p>When did you last see someone’s eyes glaze over when you were talking to them?<p>Recently?<p>People misunderstand one another daily. Why? Because we are speaking different languages—and I’m not talking Spanish/English or another combo. We’re …

'Work-Life Balance' Should Be 'Work-Life Integration'

Last week I wrote about a new vacation policy at Lendio, which is where I spend my workday. Since that time, there have been numerous internal discussions about how the new policy should be implemented and whether or not our employees will feel comfortable taking a week or 10 days off. It was …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

Samsung SEK-1000 (2013 Evolution Kit) review: A brain transplant for Smart TVs - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Samsung SEK-1000 Evolution Kit</b> fully upgrades the Smart TV features of a high-end 2012 Samsung TV to 2013's loftier levels. Excellent touch-pad remote; relatively simply DIY installation; doesn't affect TV's shape or appearance.<p><b>The Bad</b> Only works with a few high-end 2012 Samsung TVs; …

4K HDMI cables (are nonsense)

We're well into the transition to Ultra HD "4K." Most mid- and high-end TVs are now Ultra HD resolution, with many also supporting HDR. Not surprisingly, cable manufacturers are jumping at the chance to sell new and more expensive "4K" HDMI cables.<p>But guess what -- you probably don't need 4K HDMI …

Three Myths About Your Strengths

One of the most dramatic changes in leadership development in the last decade has been the shift in focus from correcting weaknesses to identifying and expanding on strengths. As this movement continues to catch hold, three myths have emerged that deserve to be dispelled.<p><b>Myth #1: Focusing on</b> …

What to Ask Your “Numbers People”

If you’re a manager working with the analysts in your organization to make more data-driven business decisions, asking good questions should be one of your top priorities. Many managers fear that asking questions will make them appear unintelligent about quantitative matters. However, if you ask …

Rethinking the Work of Leadership

In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.”<p>Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters …

When You’ve Done Enough, Do More

How do you become truly influential? We’ve found that the most highly respected leaders avoid techniques to gain short-term compliance; they also steer clear of a self-centered “How can I get people to do what I want?” mindset. Instead, they take a different approach altogether.<p>We interviewed over …

How To Be An Irresistible Target For Attention And Altruism From Powerful Business Leaders

I do a lot of matchmaking or introduction brokering in my business. If you tell me what you do or what your need is and I know someone who does something complementary or who has the ability to meet that need, I’m usually happy to connect the two of you. Likewise, I’m often inclined to pass along …

10 Signs Your Employees Are Growing Complacent In Their Careers

The workplace is in transition, and so are many people with their careers. More than ever, people are feeling a sense of disengagement at work as they grow frustrated with the uncertainty and lack of long-term stability that surrounds them. Today’s workplace environment is growing worrisome for …

Forget Business School: Why An Emotional Education Is Indispensible

Most people still equate intelligence to academia, the power your brain has to process and remember information and your ability to draw conclusions from fact and data. But it is painfully obvious that there is much more to intelligence than just raw IQ.<p>How many people do you know who are …

From Subject Line To Signature: How To Do Work E-Mail Right

Our inboxes at work are flooded with poorly written, unprofessional, ineffective e-mails—and as much as we detest them, most of us are guilty of sending just as many flawed messages as we receive.<p>“This is a much larger problem in the business world than the average business leader may recognize, …

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now.<p>We’re in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it’s difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We’re surrounded by people who are expert at winning — …

Why Employee Engagement Is Not Just The Job Of Management

I often write in this space quite critically about management – how studies routinely show that less than one-third of American workers are fully engaged – and suggest steps managers can take to more effectively reach, incent and motivate their troops. I was recently reminded, in reading Employee …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

Ten Things Your Boss Doesn't Want You To Know

<i>This is a guest post by Donna Ballman, a Florida employment lawyer and author of the book,</i> Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards. <i>Her blog is Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home and she tweets as @EmployeeAtty. Her other</i> …