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Timeless lessons from Time Inc: How Griffin set the stage for his own ouster

Even though 40 percent of executives fail in their first 18 months, few do it as publicly as Jack Griffin did after just six months as CEO of Time Inc.

By Lillian Cunningham | March 1, 2011; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quota this: Women at Davos

The world's biggest power schmooze fest begins Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland. But this year, something will be different. The press has made much of The World Economic Forum's (WEF) new quota system, whereby companies are being asked to include a woman among every five delegates. In fact, WEF organizers have downsized the number of coveted white badges that its "strategic partners" will get from the usual six to this year's four. But a number of those partners--companies like Chevron, Cisco and Aetna, who pay half a million bucks a year to join that club--protested. So the WEF said that they could include one more person as long as she is a woman with a decent title, like chair or CEO. Well, is that really a quota?

By Lillian Cunningham | January 25, 2011; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Haiti's viral volunteers: How social media is changing the face of crisis response

The online community managed to rapidly organize thousands of these volunteers around technology, regardless of their location, experience, language or culture. Instead of just sending a donation SMS and watching the unfolding tragedy on television, people around the world with no direct affiliation to any traditional humanitarian responders were themselves participating in a large-scale emergency response.

By Lillian Cunningham | January 11, 2011; 08:15 PM 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)

For GM, Culture Should Be Job One

Heraclites said, "A man's character is his fate," and this is true for companies too. If it hopes to to build and sell better cars, GM must first engineer the right culture.

By Andrea Useem | June 24, 2009; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

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