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Archive: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Corporate Villians?

Why is it that the only corporate leadership we ever see portrayed in movies is malignant? Must Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey be the only upstanding and likeable businessman to grace the silver screen?

By Paul R. Portney | February 25, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tie Up Your Camel

Making deals with people you don't trust is a formula for disaster. If you can't avoid them, be wary and hedge your bets.

By Norm R. Augustine | February 24, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Choose -- Create

Anyone with talent could choose either to refuse to cooperate in a huff or submit meekly. The key is using the opportunity to think creatively about engineering something better.

By Roger Martin | February 23, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Same Methods, Same Results

Continued polarization within Israeli politics will not succeed, and, as Einstein said, insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

By Gail S. Williams | February 23, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hard-Headed Negotiations

The aim should be to foster negotiation not only with political rivals, but also with Palestinians who in the final analysis will find a coalition in the Israeli government, complete with hard-headed negotiations, in their interest as well as the Israeli interest.

By Abraham Zaleznik | February 23, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

What Dilemma? What Unity?

What is this "good soldier" nonsense? There is no inherent value in bipartisanship.

By Mickey Edwards | February 23, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Be Ready to Quit

Assuming that you have any choice in the matter, you should never accept a position unless you are clear in your own mind under what conditions you will resign that position. Otherwise, you are sacrificing your own judgment and are simply an automaton in someone else's enterprise.

By Howard Gardner | February 23, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cooperation, Not Collaboration

Joining an administration with which one has fundamental disagreements requires both leadership and followership -- and integrity. Unfortunately, this type of cooperation was missing among Republicans during passage of the stimulus bill.

By Andy Stern | February 23, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Livni's Careful Calculus

When a new CEO is crowned at Japanese companies, rivals are either retired or sent to other companies. But politics is messier, and Livni must decide whether Netanyahu is sincere in his overtures.

By Michael Maccoby | February 23, 2009; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Serve the Greater Good

Netanyahu, with Livni's support, can unite Israel's disjointed factions and negotiate the "land for peace" deals that will give Israel its long-awaited acceptance in the Middle East.

By Bill George | February 23, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Guidance for Junior Officers

Junior military officers can find themselves frustrated by orders that pose an operational or ethical dilemma. Here are four steps to take when confronted with difficult-to-swallow directions.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | February 23, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Urgent Goal

When the stakes are high -- as during the Civil War, today's recession or the situation in Israel and Palestine -- the need to unite far outweighs the need for any person to put forth his or her individual policy.

By Yash Gupta | February 23, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

When "Good Soldier" Is Impossible

No way will Livni be able to salute to the Netanyahu strategy on the biggest challenge facing her country.

By Marty Linsky | February 23, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

The High Road to Democracy

Democracy is about choosing to swallow one's pride for the team or continue to fight for a cause that one believes in.

By Marshall Goldsmith | February 23, 2009; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

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