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Exploring Leadership in the News with Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti

THE QUESTION

Facebook's leadership: Time for an update?

The ongoing privacy controversy at Facebook raises the familiar dilemma of what to do when fast-growing startups threaten to outgrow the management abilities of creative young founders.

The Google guys got kudos for bringing in industry veteran Eric Schmidt as CEO, but things didn't work out as well when Pepsi's John Sculley took the reins from a young Steve Jobs at Apple. What's the leadership wisdom here?

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on June 8, 2010 6:13 AM
FROM THE PANEL
Robert Goodwin

Zuckerberg's empty-nest syndrome

And as parents will tell you, there is a great sense of accomplishment not in raising children, but watching them handle challenges on their own.

Posted by Robert Goodwin, on June 9, 2010 2:58 PM

What COO Sheryl Sandberg brings

If the examples of Google and Apple demonstrate anything, they point to the need to support innovative founders.

Posted by Amy M. Wilkinson, on June 9, 2010 2:46 PM
Katherine Tyler Scott

Facebook's urgent task

Facebook must retain the creative drive and bold innovation that gave it life while simultaneously ensuring that it will have a culture of ethical practices and trustworthy service.

Posted by Katherine Tyler Scott, on June 9, 2010 12:59 PM
Michael Useem

Step up or step aside

Fred Smith founded Federal Express in 1971 - and he still runs it today with 280,000 employees.

Posted by Michael Useem, on June 8, 2010 5:01 PM
Amy Fraher

groupthink@facebook.com

How did Facebook -- or its leader -- become fixated on such a complex non-user-friendly solution as the only possibility?

Posted by Amy Fraher, on June 8, 2010 3:42 PM

Seed planters not bean counters

The wise entrepreneurs know when to exit.

Posted by Yash Gupta, on June 8, 2010 12:10 PM
Michael Maccoby

When a visionary needs a partner

As the Facebook grows Zuckerberg may, like Steve Jobs, lack the people skills and organizational knowledge needed to run a complex company.

Posted by Michael Maccoby, on June 8, 2010 11:51 AM
West Point Cadets

Maybe Mark needs a mentor

Bringing in a different set of eyes and ears may provide Zuckerberg with the wisdom he needs to maintain 'command and control' over a company that is still growing exponentially.

Posted by West Point Cadets, on June 8, 2010 9:50 AM
Warren Bennis

New leaders come from within

There are three general and related "laws" that make the difference between success and failure in selecting a new leader.

Posted by Warren Bennis, on June 8, 2010 6:40 AM
Kathryn Kolbert

Facebook's human pyramid

As we've learned from the cheerleaders building their human pyramids, the person as the top is not the most important: It's the bottom and middle that do the heavy lifting.

Posted by Kathryn Kolbert, on June 8, 2010 6:33 AM
John Baldoni

Wisdom Zuckerberg doesn't yet have

Leadership wisdom is something that accrues with age and experience: It's no wonder that Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is struggling with large issues.

Posted by John Baldoni, on June 8, 2010 6:25 AM
Jon Cowan

Friending the next leader

Great leaders always put their company before themselves, and if that means handing over the reins to someone else, they'll be the one arguing forcefully for that change.

Posted by Jon Cowan, on June 8, 2010 6:19 AM

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