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No time to think, you say? Just wait until the next Wikileaks release

The default hierarchy today has placed email and instant communications far above structured, human-driven dialogues. Critical thinking is relegated to the sidelines in an age where the problems we are solving are global, complex and very ambiguous.

By Lillian Cunningham | January 25, 2011; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Why we can't just inspect our way to safer food

The government seems to think it can require, inspect and educate safe behaviors into the food chain. However, quality experts learned long ago that you cannot inspect quality into a product or service. I have been in too many government inspections in the Army and in other parts of the government where vehicles looked good but wouldn't run; where equipment didn't operate properly, but the operators could avoid the detection; where paperwork irregularities were explained away. Why were such things done? Simple: To avoid punishment.

By Lillian Cunningham | November 30, 2010; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

The threat of politicized intelligence

If new US National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilon needs a reminder of how stark the enemy threat is, he need look no further than today's discovery of printer cartridges rigged like explosive devices aboard UPS airliner cargo holds that left Yemen bound for Jewish Synagogues in the United States. A dry run? You bet. And not just to test the holes in air cargo security systems, but to test the reaction time and responsiveness of our national security apparatus.

By Lillian Cunningham | October 29, 2010; 05:47 PM ET | Comments (62)

Henry Ford for GOP chairman

I want to believe there is still great intellectual capacity in the GOP. Unfortunately, it appears that the Republican Party is the party of the terminally upset.

By Ian Saleh | April 16, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (18)

The Upside of a Bad Boss

Bad bosses may be incompetent, but they're often very afraid and may welcome leadership from below. This opens a golden opportunity for bright, energetic souls of good intention to exert their leadership.

By Andrea Useem | October 30, 2009; 06:17 AM ET | Comments (35)

Five signs of bad management

Incompetence breeds incompetence -- that's why bad management is so insidious. Here are four ways to diagnose poor leadership and a long-term solution for fixing the problem.

By Andrea Useem | October 19, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (17)

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