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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)

Managing the 'Van Halen effect' in companies

The lessons of Van Halen, Iverson and Nokia? Organizations need both high-achieving superstars and productive teams in order to prevail. And they can't allow one to compromise the other. As a manager, there are several things you can do to help achieve this.

By Lillian Cunningham | December 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (15)

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)

Channeling the Obama of '08

What a difference two years makes. Here we are in the midst of incredibly complex change along with large-scale exacerbating circumstances. But, where is the engagement we felt so keenly in the months before November 2008?

By Lillian Cunningham | October 12, 2010; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (19)

In defense of Big Brother

Corporate executives and entrepreneurs have little choice these days about the need to aggressively monitor of all forms of digital communications in an employee's personal life.

By Ian Saleh | May 14, 2010; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (9)

Nightmare employees: The three-step solution

You have more control over difficult employee behaviors than you may realize - and you won't have to become a tyrant to wield it. Consider these three suggestions.

By Andrea Useem | February 16, 2010; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (13)

The Silicon Valley proving ground

The rapid cycle from inception to outcome in the tech industry makes it a powerful proving ground for leadership ideals. Here are four principles that stand the test.

By Andrea Useem | January 6, 2010; 06:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Moses and the 10 Commandments of great leadership

Moses is a man of vulnerabilities. From Washington to Lincoln to FDR, America's greatest leaders have understood their weakness and surrounded themselves with strong allies.

By Andrea Useem | December 22, 2009; 05:36 AM ET | Comments (4)

The McDonald's diversity story

One of the enduring myths about diversity in the corporate world is that it's the right thing to do but only if you can afford it. My own experience at McDonald's says otherwise.

By Andrea Useem | November 25, 2009; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (47)

The seduction of leadership gurus

Leadership advice is all true -- except that none of it works unless you're a born leader. Here are three insights for quitting an addiction to guru literature.

By Andrea Useem | November 13, 2009; 05:29 AM ET | Comments (16)

Leadership secrets from a maestro

Conducting a symphony orchestra is a challenging exercise in leadership. Here are four lessons from a maestro to help leaders in any situation.

By Andrea Useem | October 26, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

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