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Archive: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Heavy-Handed Management

You simply can't beat up on people in contract negotiations and then expect them to feel good about working for you after the dust has settled.

By Yash Gupta | May 6, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Purpose?

Leadership in the union or management would be about having the courage to skillfully disappoint their own people on behalf of the more noble purpose of ensuring the long term survival of that crucial civic institution known as the Boston Globe.

By Marty Linsky | May 6, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Costly Status Quo

The lesson we keep learning, as individuals, companies, industries, and perhaps a country, is that change isn't the real risk. Not changing is the real risk.

By Alan M. Webber | May 6, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brass Tacks

The Times, with its own problems taking precedence, can't be forced to continue to pay for a bad bargain.

By Slade Gorton | May 5, 2009; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Never Bluff

This question has a short answer.

By Norm R. Augustine | May 5, 2009; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cool Heads, Creative Minds

We know these are tough times for America and for workers and companies. But this is where consultation, participation, and team work pays off.

By Andy Stern | May 5, 2009; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dangerous Brinksmanship

As with the Cuban Missile Crisis, so it is with The Boston Globe drama: If the parties indulge in ego-driven brinksmanship, where one side wants victory without concessions, chances are good they'll both fail.

By Ed Ruggero | May 5, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

"What Can We Create?"

Both sides need to re-position themselves from an attitude of "What I must have" to "Can we create a future for the company and its employees?"

By John H. Cochran, MD | May 5, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shared Sacrifice

The management could possibly scare the union into accepting its terms by threatening to close the paper. The result would be an angry and resentful staff.

By Michael Maccoby | May 5, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Public Interest At Stake

Both sides need to be reminded of the significance of the negotiations. The public interest is at stake; an informed citizenry is the foundation of our democracy.

By Pablo Eisenberg | May 4, 2009; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Painting Yourself Into a Corner

Although brinksmanship and ultimatums is sometimes successful -- as the record of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles shows -- patience, persistence and finding new options are better ways to proceed.

By Mickey Edwards | May 4, 2009; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Radical Truth-Telling

My advice would be to forget about brinkmanship and other forms of game playing. Why not try acting like adults, telling the truth, making needed compromises and doing whatever can be done to keep the ship afloat?

By Marshall Goldsmith | May 4, 2009; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Creativity, Not Threats

Make-or-break negotiations are not the sort that foster the collaboration or partnerships needed to deal with the serious underlying issues that the newspaper industry is currently facing.

By Deborah Kolb | May 4, 2009; 2:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

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