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Post Leadership: May, 2011

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Why Dempsey is the right pick to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Heading the Joint Chiefs of Staff is no small job. Which may explain why Obama appears to have made an about face on who he would pick.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:36 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Sarah Palin’s magical mystery tour

You’ve got to hand it to Palin. Whatever you think of her politics, she is absolutely brilliant when it comes to one thing: Keeping people guessing.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:36 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/26/2011

The Elizabeth Warren confirmation debate

The brouhaha over her potential confirmation to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau raises two important questions.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:10 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Sarah Palin tell-all book: Why we read it

The underlying interest in this book comes down to something more primal than simply our fascination with Mama Grizzly.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:53 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 05/23/2011

SEC and whistleblowers: Should money buy information?

Whistleblowing is an act of doing the right thing—and a tough thing—because someone sees wrong being done. Messing with those motivations can be a dicey proposition.

By Jena McGregor  |  04:24 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011

What Mitch Daniels’ decision says about his leadership bona fides

His decision not to run for president is a relatively rare one among ambitious pols who cajole hesitant spouses and children into races.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Tepco president steps down in “symbolic close” to Japanese power company’s crisis

Shimizu’s resignation will likely do little to bring a “close” to the crisis at the Japanese power company, but it does mark a symbolic end to the worst of it.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Why Christine Lagarde should run the IMF

Following Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s resignation, the IMF’s board faces two highly pressing problems.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:03 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Gingrich’s Achilles heel

The desire to say something smart can’t get in the way of always being smart about what you say.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:41 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Even fresh out of college, women still make less than men

A new study finds that the average Class of 2010 female received a starting salary 17 percent lower than her male peer received. Now the question is, why?

By Jena McGregor  |  01:35 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Who will succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and why didn’t IMF have a better plan in place?

Boards of directors have to replace leaders for all kinds of reasons. They die. They fall ill. They’re carried off airplanes for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Gates’ 60 Minutes interview: Why should leaders have to create bureaucratic workarounds in their own organizations?

Every retiring leader has an exit interview. But few are broadcast to millions of people, and fewer still offer the insights Gates’ did.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Why sleep deprivation can make you unethical

New research shows that sleep deprivation has worse effects than just the occasional mistake.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:21 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Mitch and Cheri Daniels: Why have we come to view leaders’ family commitments as weakness?

We’ve come to think of the family excuse as pretense—code for being pushed out, or camouflage for more embarrassing explanations.

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


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