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Post Leadership: August, 2011

Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 08/01/2011

How sarcasm can boost creativity

Next time you’re about to get angry at someone who works for you, keep this in mind.

By Jena McGregor  |  07:46 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 07/29/2011

The stock market is the only leader left in the debt debate

I’m starting to think the only force with enough power to lead us through this mess isn’t a person.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:16 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 07/28/2011

John Boehner and the politics of shame

I have no doubt Boehner’s new ‘tough guy’ approach helped rally the Republican ranks. But I’d venture something else played almost as big a role.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:49 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Should companies have a happiness index?

The U.K. just released the results of a survey gauging national happiness. What if your workplace did the same?

By Jena McGregor  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 07/26/2011

Where President Obama’s debt speech went wrong

Yes, leadership is about presenting grand strategies, bringing people together in compromise and sticking by your principles when the going gets tough. But it’s also about finding a way to get the deal done.  

By Jena McGregor  |  10:26 AM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Debt ceiling problem — any takers?

What once was a problem of no one wanting the blame has turned into everyone wanting the credit.

By Jena McGregor  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Could you go info-vegan? A diet for information overload

The latest craze would have you slimming your bloat of tweets, texts and tones.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:18 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Michele Bachmann and the U.S. debt migraine

Whether the Republican candidate’s migraines could affect her ability to lead the country is the wrong question to be asking.

By Jena McGregor  |  09:36 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Apple profits while RIM declines: How much magic is in the CEO role?

Comparing Apple’s and RIM’s quarterly performance reminds us not to get caught up in the idea of a magic CEO.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:39 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Why Elizabeth Warren’s nomination might have been preferable for the GOP

Like her or not, leaders with the sort of followers Elizabeth Warren has attracted are not likely to go away quietly.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Could News Corp.’s hacking scandal ensnare Rupert Murdoch himself?

Rupert Murdoch’s heretofore reputation “of invulnerability,” as one management professor has called it, “has been cracked.”

By Jena McGregor  |  01:25 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Why Rebekah Brooks’ resignation took so long

Or, what happens when you’re best friends with the boss. And the boss is Rupert Murdoch.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 07/14/2011

The Facebook interview that’s a ‘walk in the woods’

Quirky, perhaps. But Zuckerberg’s secret interview process is a whole lot better than the trick-question routine.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:14 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 07/13/2011

Women’s World Cup: A soccer team that stands Solo

The U.S. women’s soccer team may just have an edge that will tip the outcome of this World Cup.

By Jena McGregor  |  11:29 AM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Sick of workplace jargon? Cite this new study to get your boss to stop the lame lingo

Cite this new study to get your boss and coworkers to stop the lame lingo about ‘action items’ and ‘deliverables.’

By Jena McGregor  |  01:32 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2011

The problem with Obama’s ‘go-big’ debt ceiling strategy

Expecting such big deals to succeed when there’s been almost no history of small agreements is far fetched.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/08/2011

News Corp. leaders’ flawed ‘I knew nothing’ defense in phone hacking scandal

Where to begin with leadership lessons from the cell phone hacking scandal rocking News Corp?

By Jena McGregor  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Should companies penalize employees who smoke?

It might save money, but business leaders should think twice before butting smokers out from benefits.

By Jena McGregor  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Should you know your coworker’s salary?

Sharing salary details has long been one of the great taboos in Corporate America, ranking even higher on the list of “what not to do at work” than getting drunk at the company Christmas party or crying during your performance review. But for more and more employees, it’s not just an office no-no.

By Jena McGregor  |  10:09 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 07/05/2011

Cisco, HP and the leadership ethics of helping China build a surveillance network

Do corporate leaders have a responsibility for knowing how their products will be used?

By Jena McGregor  |  12:50 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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