Archive: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008
Rather than second-guessing the CEOs, let's ask why the boards of directors of these companies have showed so little real leadership.
By Paul R. Portney | December 11, 2008; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (11)
Success is great -- until it kills you.
By Warren Bennis | December 10, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (46)
The auto executives needed alliances to make the case that their interests are more than self-interests -- and the climate was just right for that.
By Alan M. Webber | December 8, 2008; 9:44 PM ET | Comments (2)
If a small group of non-profits can rally Congress to action, why can't three major corporations?
By Paul Schmitz | December 8, 2008; 9:29 PM ET | Comments (0)
Senior executives are paid to ensure that the company survives in the long-term by making -- and implementing -- choices that preserve the future.
By Charles A. O'Reilly III | December 8, 2008; 9:19 PM ET | Comments (4)
Union leader Ron Gettlefinger distinguished himself, but the auto execs should have rallied dealers, creditors and employees.
By Steven Pearlstein | December 8, 2008; 9:07 PM ET | Comments (2)
In times of turmoil, people support causes they believe in, leaders whom they respect, and arguments that appeal to their hearts as well as their heads.
By William C. Taylor | December 8, 2008; 8:47 PM ET | Comments (5)
Were the executives so cocooned in their power that they forgot how to win others' support?
By T. Owen Jacobs | December 8, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)
Their failing is the most common of all leadership failings: failure to marshal support for investments that won't pay off until the long-term.
By Bill Shore | December 8, 2008; 7:52 PM ET | Comments (1)
Four leadership failures in GM's past paved the way for today's life-or-death crisis.
By Michael Useem | December 8, 2008; 7:41 PM ET | Comments (1)
These CEOs need to ask themselves tough questions about whether they should stay and help -- or leave.
By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | December 8, 2008; 7:26 PM ET | Comments (1)
As Dr. Phil says, "This family needs a hero." Unfortunately, we don't seem to have any.
By Barbara Kellerman | December 8, 2008; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (4)
A ten-point plan for making General Motors competitive again.
By Bill George | December 8, 2008; 7:08 PM ET | Comments (3)
The root cause of their problems is hubris: They thought they were immune from even the most predictable challenges.
By Ed Ruggero | December 8, 2008; 6:48 PM ET | Comments (6)
They bring to the table a vision of the past, rather than some sense of imagination about the future.
By Barry Posner | December 8, 2008; 6:39 PM ET | Comments (6)
Leaders who have been negligent and irresponsible should admit their errors, resign their positions, and devote the next period of their lives to doing good work.
By Howard Gardner | December 8, 2008; 6:21 PM ET | Comments (1)
These companies have been failing for years: Why should we think the future will be different?
By Jeffrey Pfeffer | December 8, 2008; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (2)
If you have a real business proposition, you don't need help from the Congress.
By Paul H. O'Neill Sr. | December 8, 2008; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (3)
Instead of tinkering around the edges, they should have brought plans to fundamentally retool the auto industry.
By Seth Goldman | December 8, 2008; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (1)
General Motors can't survive without transformational leadership.
By Michael Maccoby | December 8, 2008; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (2)
One cannot prevail militarily with a service economy alone.
By Norm R. Augustine | December 8, 2008; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (0)
It is difficult to give leaders a second chance when they do not clearly admit they were wrong, apologize, and convince us they will not make the same mistake again.
By Joanne B. Ciulla | December 8, 2008; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (3)
Executives shouldn't work for nothing: They need incentives to meet their new commitments.
By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | December 8, 2008; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (2)
After failing to innovate, the Big Three need to harness a sense of urgency.
By George Reed | December 8, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (1)
The auto executives need to provide more detailed information -- and signal that they will get out of the way if necessary.
By David Walker | December 8, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (1)
The auto execs have paid their penance. Now have to create a workable strategy for saving their industry.
By Abraham Zaleznik | December 8, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (1)
They could have asked foreign competitors with U.S. assembly plants to support their plea on the ground that a vital domestic industry strengthens everyone.
By Slade Gorton | December 8, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (1)
Ambassador Ken Adelman Col. Charles Allen (U.S. Army, Ret.) Mr. Brad Anderson Mr. Rick Atkinson Mr. Norm Augustine Gen. John Batiste (U.S. Army, Ret.) Prof. Warren Bennis Pres. David Boren Mr. John Brademas Mr. Eli Broad Dr. William R. Brody...
By Andrea Useem | December 7, 2008; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (0)
Leadership is one of those magic things that's hard to define but pretty easy to identify when you see it. And in recent years, it seems to have been in short supply. Now, with the United States engulfed by a...
By Ben Bradlee and Steve Pearlstein | December 7, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)