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Managing the Albert Haynesworths

Overvaluing smart, talented employees is a practice as common on the playing field as it is in the boardroom. Look no further than the Cincinnati Bengals, where there is much speculation as to whether Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco can coexist effectively, let alone how their overwhelming star power will impact the rest of their teammates.

By Ian Saleh | August 19, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rising to heights unimagined

This win belonged to his players' efforts, his wife's sacrifices, his staff's commitment. It was shared with alumni who donated their four years of college athletic eligibility to the hope of pushing a program and a school to heights unimagined. This victory was collective.

By Ian Saleh | July 9, 2010; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Honoring the legend

how many leaders can honestly say their teams are well prepared and no matter what the quarterly earnings report says they are on the right path?

By Ian Saleh | July 5, 2010; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Loyalty lesson from Northern Iowa basketball coach

Now, more than ever, coaches seem to lack loyalty to the universities that hire them. That's why the University of Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson is all the more remarkable in his decision to stay with a small school. Leaders, take note.

By Andrea Useem | April 5, 2010; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

Epic race: What leaders can learn from Iditarod 2010

The qualities on display during this epic race are inspiring for any who watch it. For leaders, however, there is something more: The race presents a challenge, something to live up to.

By Andrea Useem | March 15, 2010; 05:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mark McGwire's 'confession' in a culture of entitlement

Mark McGwire "confessed" to using steroids, but didn't take responsibility for his actions. What is it in our culture that makes this avoidance of accountability so easy?

By Andrea Useem | January 19, 2010; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Suspend playing of the National Anthem

Sacrifice for a cause is the most honorable act a leader can make. I propose replacing the National Anthem at national sports events with reading the names of soldiers who were killed in the previous week.

By Andrea Useem | January 11, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (67)

Fixing corporate bonuses the college-football way

What's missing from discussions on executive compensation is any consistent set of criteria to measure performance. The Bowl Championship Series rankings system offers a reliable model for sorting out those who deserve rewards and those who don't.

By Andrea Useem | November 25, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Bill Walsh Way

Legendary NFL coach Bill Walsh learned the hard way that treating your people right is the only way to lead.

By Andrea Useem | September 4, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (12)

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