Maturity and intelligence are not the same thing. An intelligent person can, like anyone else, care only about satisfying his/her agenda and so can be very immature.
I must stress, this clip of Mr. Thabo Mbeki and Mr. Benjamin Mkapa inspired me and filled me with admiration for the truth of the words they spoke.
What we see in some situations is that we really are presented with a difficult choice to be soft and give or to be harder and stand your ground.
We must be careful not to reduce human potential to the Human Resources box.
It is not owning a car that fulfills one; it is only the joy of driving that can possibly be fulfilling. But the driving is something you do, not something you get or have.
The second issue with focusing on results is that it keeps us stuck in the past.
I think knowledge in itself has an immense value, but only if it is engaged with in the correct way.
Things we have actually enrich our lives very little. Things become enriching to our lives when we use them. But this means they are not valuable, it is our own activity that is valuable .
I came from an extremely aggressive work environment driven by aggressive management style which inevitably caused more chaos and high staff turnover than achieving any of the goals set out by the company.
People tend to agree if you tell them that to earn respect you need to show respect. Said another way, if you take the time to demonstrate respect for people, they will show you respect.