How do you turn around the culture of a 130,000-person company? Ask Satya Nadella

It was March 27, 2014, and Satya Nadella was about to make his first public appearance as CEO of Microsoft. The tone, he knew, would be important.

Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer, was famous for making public appearances feel epic. At a 1991 meeting in Japan, he seemed to injure his vocal chords because he was screaming “Windows” with such force. In 2000, when Microsoft celebrated its 25th anniversary, Ballmer reportedly popped out of a giant cake. And in 2013, when he announced he was stepping down, he bid farewell to 13,000 Microsoft employees as “(I’ve had) The Time of My Life” blared through the speakers of Key Arena in Seattle. Through tears, the 6’5” Ballmer shouted, “Soak it in all of you. You work for the greatest company in the world.”

Nadella was not that kind of CEO.

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What are the biggest myths about owning a business?

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As someone who has owned over 30 different businesses in speciality retail, fast food and hospitality, here are some of the biggest myths that I have discovered in relation to owning a small business, especially in the early stages:

Myth 1: That owning a business means that you can work whenever you like.

  • The truth is that you don’t own a business … it owns you. If it is right for the business to serve its customers 24/7, then it is up to you as the owner/manager to staff that need, even if it means staffing it yourself – which it usually does. It’s not uncommon for people that own their own business to commit 80–100 hours a week to its survival and success.

Myth 2: That you will make a fortune when you own your own business.

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新加坡50岁生日,李光耀回答过的四个问题

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8月9日是新加坡50岁生日,我们一起来回顾下李光耀回答过的四个问题,涉及领导力、全球化、个人成长与人生感悟。

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1、领导人最重要的素质是什么?

李光耀(1989年):领导人的特质并不会因时代的改变而变。一个好的领导人应该能提出一个可启发鼓舞人民的目标,他激励他们朝共同的目标、共同的远景迈进。这是不会因时空不同而改变的。

现在这个时代比较特别的是,世界从未像今天这样密切的相互关联、互为依存。我们清晰地感觉到彼此的存在,我们其实像是邻居。透过电视的实况转播,你可 以在瞬秒间就立即看到戈尔巴乔夫主席和里根总统、布什副总统会面的情况。你听得到他们的声音。你也可以天天看到像亚美尼亚的地震或汉城街头暴动的镜头。

现在的时代有一种立即的急迫感,今天的领导人需要有更快的反应,与当年仍靠帆船来往于各国政府间的领导人反应速度当然不同。换言之,你的反应必须敏捷快速而有弹性。但领导的本质,并没有随时间而变。

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