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Archive: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Following Mugabe

We -- the West, the UN, the African Union -- go along with Robert Mugabe because we can't get it together, we can't muster the political will to act in concert to do otherwise.

By Barbara Kellerman | January 31, 2009; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reconnecting Lost Talent

Leaders need to encourage experienced but underperforming talent to "rejoin" the team. In some cases, all that is required is an invitation, or simply asking, " What do you think?"

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | January 29, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warner the Exception

When it comes to aging under-performers, my experience is that such individuals, unlike fine wines, rarely improve with age.

By Norm R. Augustine | January 29, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

How the Army Does It

The U.S. Army offers an example of how to motivate older, experienced workers by appealing to their ideals, offering them meaningful work, and communicating that their work is valued.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | January 27, 2009; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (6)

Keen Eye, Good Choices

On paper, the Cardinals have no business being in the Super Bowl, but many more gifted squads and athletes in the NFL will be sitting home watching them on Sunday. The credit goes to Whisenhunt, and leaders can learn from his playbook.

By John R. Ryan | January 27, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (2)

Listen to the Team

Who can best evaluate leadershhip potential? According to research, it is a person's subordinates -- not the boss.

By Michael Useem | January 27, 2009; 8:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coaching Up Underperformers

Think of the 57-year-old pilot who saved almost 160 lives by his careful maneuvering of his aircraft into the Hudson River. Before last week, most aviation experts would have doubted that a rookie pilot was capable of such an accomplishment.

By Warren Bennis | January 26, 2009; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (5)

Talent Management

Most people go through cycles of performance during their careers, with periods of high performance followed by periods of average or even below average performance.

By Clarence Otis | January 26, 2009; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Recycling Employees

American business leaders have tended to think of employees as disposable, not recyclable, commodities. If an employee stops "working right," they throw him or her out and get a new person.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 26, 2009; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Defining Life Experiences

Don't be fooled by a person's short resume: He or she still might have made many career and life choices that show commitment, understanding and a capacity to learn, grow and lead.

By Yash Gupta | January 26, 2009; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Age-Defying Quarterback

Choosing 37-year-old Kurt Warner as the Cardinals quarterback demonstrates Coach Whisenhunt's ability see far beyond age in sports.

By Ed Ruggero | January 26, 2009; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losers and Winners

It is all in the context-- a person can seem inept in one situation and brilliant in another.

By Michael Maccoby | January 26, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

True Team Player

For the Steelers, success has been less about elevating any one player to team leader and more about forging individuals into a selfless, seamless unit that shuns the notion of individual recognition.

By Bill Shore | January 26, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Coach's Instinct

Choosing the best quarterback is only one of the many things an NFL coach must do well if he wants to dream of bringing his team to the Super Bowl.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | January 26, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

When Newer Isn't Better

When Apple launched its first personal digital assistant in 1993, it saw the future -- but just a little too soon. Warner shows the "bright young thing" is not always the best choice.

By Roger Martin | January 25, 2009; 11:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Elbow Grease

Coach Whisenhunt chose substance over sizzle, hard-won experience over youthful exuberance, discipline over star power. That choice led the Cardinals to the big game--and I hope it leads CEOs to rethink some of their decisions about whom they rely on in tough times.

By William C. Taylor | January 25, 2009; 11:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hard To Say Good-bye

In most professional realms, non-succession plans seem to be a bigger problem than failing to recognize that there is still some life in the old folks.

By Marty Linsky | January 25, 2009; 11:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tricky Equation

Derek Bok, Charles de Gaulle, An Wang, Kurt Warner -- sometimes it's your moment to shine, and sometimes its not. The tricky part is figuring out when.

By Howard Gardner | January 25, 2009; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why Stars Are Hard to Pick

Finding talent is harder than you think, in part because we pay too much attention to how people present themselves, rather than how they actually perform.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | January 25, 2009; 9:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Holistic Success

Talent is not always about top performance; it's also about team work and finding that person who makes the needed difference.

By Andy Stern | January 25, 2009; 9:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Find the Right Fit

Being a leader means matching your people to the needs of your organization, and that's exactly what Coach Whisenhunt did.

By David Walker | January 25, 2009; 8:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Think Long-Term

Overlooking talent is easy. Sorting the really solid performers from those who deliver a few spectacular results for brief while is tough.

By Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. | January 25, 2009; 8:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

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