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Post Leadership: May, 2011

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Will Romney’s ‘defining’ speech on health care change anything?

On Thursday, likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will give what may be the speech of his career.

By Jena McGregor  |  03:04 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Skype, Microsoft and the difficulty of integrating acquisitions

The forces working against the Microsoft-Skype deal’s success are pretty big ones.

By Jena McGregor  |  04:45 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/10/2011

DADT and the military: Must diversity training inevitably resemble an episode of The Office?

The U.S. military is undergoing one of the most Dilbert-esque rites of workplace life: diversity training. But it may be doing it right.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Lakers coach Phil Jackson ends iconic career in rare fashion—on a down note

The iconic Lakers coach went out with his team performing in a way entirely opposed to his style.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Gang of Six: When compromise can hinder real progress

The bipartisan Gang of Six is a noble idea. The problem? It doesn’t appear to be working.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Wreath ceremony: Why Bush made the right decision not to attend

Did the former president make the right call not to attend Obama’s tribute at Ground Zero?

By Jena McGregor  |  01:16 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Obama, Osama and the burden of proof

We’ve reached a moment in our society when trust in leadership is so low and faith in technology is so high that we no longer believe a leader’s word. In an age of digital everything, physical proof is the new “trust me.”

By Jena McGregor  |  12:20 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/03/2011

For a distributed network like al Qaeda, what does the loss of a leader mean?

For a distributed network like al Qaeda, what does the loss of a leader mean?

By Jena McGregor  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Osama bin Laden mission: The exponential power of an accomplishment

While the death of Osama bin Laden would surely have been a defining moment of the Obama presidency, the fact that it played out the way it did is what turns this into a truly watershed event.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:24 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/29/2011

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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/29/2011

The best leadership books that belong on your bookshelf

Leadership books have a lot in common with the self-help genre, and there are far more of them than we could ever possibly need. Still, there are a few that belong on the bookshelves of anyone interested in the topic.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 04/28/2011

iPhone tracking: Steve Jobs speaks up

While the controversy over the location data is an interesting one, what’s just as intriguing is the leadership question of how much Steve Jobs should be involved.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:31 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Panetta and Petraeus: A game of musical chairs with Obama’s top national security leaders?

Panetta and Petraeus may have stellar resumes, but are top roles on the president’s national security team really so interchangeable?

By Jena McGregor  |  12:36 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Bernanke’s news conference: The promise and peril of symbolic gestures

Bernanke’s watershed news conference could do more harm than good to the image of the Fed and its spotlighted leader.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:08 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2011

With Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, the problem with implicit trust

A new NCAA report has the university in a predicament—and a particulary tough one, since it involves the fate of a leader as iconic as coach Jim Tressel.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/25/2011

The Guantanamo closure promise: Where Obama fell short

Obama’s failure to close Guantanamo was the result of one classic leadership pitfall.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Did Bud Selig do the right thing by taking over the Dodgers?

Whether you agree with the commissioner’s move to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers or not, the real question is what kind of leadership he needs to show now.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:16 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Apple profits: The brutal law of big numbers

Sooner or later—and in this case, more likely later—Apple’s growth will present the company’s leadership with one of the most classic problems in business.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:53 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Donald Trump, and what it means to get serious

It’s one thing for a reality TV star to lob publicity bombs and flirt with presidential aspirations. It’s quite another for local party leaders to lend support.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/19/2011

BP one year later: Learning from harbingers of disaster

Reorganize all the management structures you want, you could still have an organization that doesn’t learn from the close calls that are inevitable harbingers of disaster.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Krakowski’s FAA resignation—and accountability’s limits

A spiraling number of operational errors is something a leader at the very top should be held responsible for. A few sleeping front-line workers? I’m not so sure.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/14/2011

In Obama’s budget speech, where presidential leadership fell short

Even if Obama’s speech showed leadership in certain ways, many of the offered solutions felt like something we’d all heard before.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Shuttering the Flip cam: What was Cisco’s John Chambers thinking?

Why on earth would the CEO of Cisco, which bought the makers of the wildly popular Flip camcorder for $590 million in 2009, decide to shutter the device? Looks like he’s sending a message.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Romney’s run: Why businesss experience isn’t always the holy grail for conservative candidates

Romney’s background as a private equity CEO could become yet another issue in his candidacy.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 04/11/2011

At Augusta, Rory McIlroy’s leadership off the leaderboard

Watching Rory McIlroy’s disastrous collapse at the Masters Sunday was, in a word, painful. Yet despite the humiliating loss, perhaps just as striking as McIlroy’s fall was the leadership he showed in his defeat.

By Jena McGregor  |  02:48 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Cathie Black’s exit: Why business leadership isn’t necessarily portable

Many people seem to hold a blind faith in the idea that if business leaders could just step in and work their magic, all of the public sector’s woes would disappear.

By Jena McGregor  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Sen. Manchin calls for no shutdown pay for Congress

Giving up their salaries is essential if members of Congress want to retain even a modicum of respect through this process.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Government shutdown and fed employees: Working through uncertainty

While trimming the budget is a critical and necessary step, the only way real efficiency will happen in the federal government is through motivated and focused employees.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Boehner and the shutdown: A man in the middle

The Speaker of the House finds himself in the unenviable position of trying to pacify the most conservative flank of Republicans while remaining realistic about the damage shutting the government’s doors could do to the image of his party.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/04/2011

NCAA Final: To the victors go the spoiled

How Butler coach Brad Stevens has achieved such notoriety without a team full of first-round draft picks is worth a closer look.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Warren Buffett’s successor: Stepping in for Superman

The challenge to fill Warren Buffett’s shoes just got even harder.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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