Exploring Leadership in the News with Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti
Over the Hill or Just Overlooked?
The perennially mediocre Arizona Cardinals made this year's Super Bowl in large part because its coach, Ken Whisenhunt, picked 37-year-old Kurt Warner -- a former superstar widely considered to be washed up -- to be the team's quarterback.
Do leaders too often ignore experienced but under-performing talent in their organizations and, if so, why? How do you identify the good comeback prospects and help them to pick up their game?
Posted by Ben Bradlee and Steve Pearlstein on January 25, 2009 8:37 PM
On paper, the Cardinals have no business being in the Super Bowl, but many more gifted squads and athletes in the NFL will be sitting home watching them on Sunday. The credit goes to Whisenhunt, and leaders can learn from his playbook.
Posted by John R. Ryan, on January 27, 2009 11:13 AM
Think of the 57-year-old pilot who saved almost 160 lives by his careful maneuvering of his aircraft into the Hudson River. Before last week, most aviation experts would have doubted that a rookie pilot was capable of such an accomplishment.
Posted by Warren Bennis, on January 26, 2009 4:47 PM
Coach Whisenhunt chose substance over sizzle, hard-won experience over youthful exuberance, discipline over star power. That choice led the Cardinals to the big game--and I hope it leads CEOs to rethink some of their decisions about whom they rely on in tough times.
Posted by William C. Taylor, on January 25, 2009 11:29 PM