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Post Leadership: April, 2011

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Debt ceiling: When it’s time to break a promise

Would any leader would be willing to be held responsible for the sort of doomsday scenario we could see if the debt ceiling isn’t raised?

By Jena McGregor  |  05:11 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/31/2011

With GE’s Immelt, Obama should have put more imagination to work

As bad as all the news about GE not paying income taxes last year might seem for the company, it’s even worse for President Obama.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:51 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/31/2011

The president’s definition of leadership

We often think of American might as the capability to meet our needs without help, but is that right?

By Jena McGregor  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Wal-Mart: Where even small numbers are big numbers

The behemoth retailer is being sued for discrimination by female employees. And the case is big.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:32 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Why the current debate over CEO pay is the wrong one

The debate has become all about the tactics instead of whether pay should be so high in the first place.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Japan’s long-term leadership vacuum

The devastated country has seen five prime ministers in five years. Look back further, and the numbers are even more astounding.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Japan’s nuclear threat: The danger of information gaps

Prime Minister Naoto Kan pretty much captured what the world has been thinking when he reportedly asked Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives, “What the hell is going on?”

By Jena McGregor  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 03/15/2011

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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 03/15/2011

In Renault case, a serious rush to judgment

The Renault corporate espionage case reads like the script for a Hollywood spy drama.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:40 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 03/14/2011

What are CEOs doing with the highest profit margins in nearly 20 years?

This year’s corporate profit margins are set to be the highest in nearly two decades. And business leaders are doing what with all that dough?

By Jena McGregor  |  01:37 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Walker won this battle, but is he winning the war?

Wisconsin’s governor may have won round one against the union, but he's lost a few things in the process.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Lead Reads: Why a bigger network isn’t necessarily better

The age-old truism ‘it’s who you know, not what you know’ could use some refining.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Was NPR right to ask Vivian Schiller to resign?

Her removal won't solve many of NPR's problems--nor be enough of an olive branch to those wanting to end public financing.

By Jena McGregor  |  07:46 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Ohio State’s Tressel: The danger of sticking by your stars

I realize that football coaches--particularly winning ones with long histories as icons at certain big state universities--are celebrities on campuses, but no leader should get unconditional support.

By Jena McGregor  |  07:45 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Bigger bonuses for departing Hill staffers

The same people howling that this is taxpayer money would probably expect a severance if they lost their jobs in the private sector.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:41 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Is Mayor Gray’s investigation independent enough?

Council members who say the investigation should not be led by one of Mayor Gray’s appointees are right.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/04/2011

NFL lockout? In this union fight, no sympathy for the owners

Whether or not sacrificing union rights is how governors should cut budgets, at least they might help taxpayers. You can’t say the same about NFL owners.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/04/2011

Rhee and the school cheating investigations: Do incentives corrupt?

A recent investigation raises the question of whether teachers were motivated to cheat because of bonuses dangled before them for higher test scores.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:51 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Gingrich: Will he or won't he?

Gingrich has one thing figured out. The will-he-or-won't-he, committee-or-no-committee, announcement-or-no-announcement back and forth is at the very least keeping him in the news.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Government leadership, Presidential leadership

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 03/03/2011

The fog of government: What to do about bureaucratic overlap

"This report will make us look like jackasses," Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla) said in advance of the release. He was right.

By Paul Light  |  09:22 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Economic crisis, Federal government leadership

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Dior fires John Galliano over anti-Semitic remarks

The iconic fashion house of Christian Dior has begun procedures to dismiss its provocative and famous chief designer who has now allegedly taken provocation too far.

By  |  08:53 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 03/02/2011

A big fish's big wake: What Rajat Gupta's insider trading charges mean for McKinsey

Of all the fish the SEC has caught in the vast insider trading probe it has been pursuing for many months now, none may be bigger than this corporate catch.

By Jena McGregor  |  08:38 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 03/02/2011

How government can innovate: Lessons from Fred Dust of IDEO

Everyone keeps saying, "We have two years," or, "We have twelve months left." It's really interesting in the private sector, because we would typically look at deadlines and the need to move quickly as a great motivator for innovation. But is that actually a good thing in government?

By Tom Fox  |  07:35 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  View from the Top

Posted at 11:09 PM ET, 03/01/2011

A big fish's big wake: What Rajat Gupta's insider trading charges mean for McKinsey

Of all the fish the SEC has caught in the vast insider trading probe it has been pursuing for many months now--or perhaps, some are saying, that have been hooked by accusations of securities law violations ever--none may be bigger than Rajat Gupta.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:09 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bad leadership, Corporate leadership

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Timeless lessons from Time Inc: How Griffin set the stage for his own ouster

Even though 40 percent of executives fail in their first 18 months, few do it as publicly as Jack Griffin did after just six months as CEO of Time Inc.

By Lillian Cunningham  |  03:57 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Business Leadership, Change management, Corporate, organizational culture

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Dior to fire John Galliano over anti-Semitic remarks

While this approach may work well when the designer is loved and adored, it will only backfire if he or she does something as scandalous as what Galliano is alleged to have done. The designer becomes inextricably tied to the brand's success, making him or her that much harder to replace. And the same image-conscious celebrities who helped promote the label could begin to shun it, prompting the style-obsessed masses to do so too.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bad leadership, Career Management, Change management, Corporate leadership

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 02/28/2011

What is it about Chris Christie? The benefits of creating a common foe

Governor Chris Christie has a skyrocketing profile and high approval ratings and there’s one main reason for his success.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:54 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Sarah Palin’s milk joke goes sour

Who knows whether or not Palin will run for the nation's highest office. But if she does, comments like this one do little to make her sound presidential.

By Jena McGregor  |  05:49 PM ET, 02/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Sarah Palin’s milk joke goes sour

Who knows whether or not Palin will run for the nation's highest office. But if she does, comments like this one do little to make her sound presidential.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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