Sidney Harman

Sidney Harman was one of the great businessmen and philanthropists of our time. He was also a gifted storyteller with a great sense of humor. He was the former CEO of Harman Kardon, a leader in the audio and video entertainment industry. In 2010, he became the publisher of Newsweek. He was a true business pioneer and was a thought leader in the human resources field, through quality of life initiatives he implemented at Harman. He played an instrumental role at the Aspen Institute and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was married to California congresswoman Jane Harman. Sidney passed away in April 2011 and at 92 was still shaping the business and arts world.



I do flexes and crunches to strengthen the abdomen, which helps a lot in maintaining proper posture. I also get on the treadmill every day. I love the results but I get bored with the repetition. So to make the time go by, I use it to go through my challenges of the day, how I should deal with them and how I should plan my day. I get on the treadmill asking how in the hell am I going to get a client to say “Yeah, you’re asking a lot of money but we want to do it.” How do I frame a lecture I’m going give this afternoon to best motivate my students to learn the lessons? How do I deal with this family problem that I’ve got?

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