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Archive: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Ten Minutes of Snow-Capped Solitude

Honest Tea CEO Seth Goldman reconnects with fellow leaders from around the world at the Aspen Institute's ACT II conference -- and rediscovers "the shortness of life."

By Seth Goldman | June 25, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

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By Andrea Useem | June 24, 2009; 9:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Transparency Is Overrated

Secrecy and paranoia seem to have served Apple, its customers, and its shareholders well over the years.

By Marty Linsky | June 23, 2009; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jobs Acted Properly

In the case of Steve Jobs and his medical problems, greater transparency could have had an extremely negative impact. Why make a somber medical announcement and risk upsetting the apple cart?

By Yash Gupta | June 23, 2009; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Stick in the Eye

Steve Job's handling of his personal health issues are a stick in the eye of trust and make him look like he is the head of a private Valley start-up, not a major public corporation.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | June 23, 2009; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nothing to Learn Here, Move Along

If you are not Steve Jobs, and you attempt to act like you think Steve Jobs acts, you will not get Steve Jobs' results.

By Alan M. Webber | June 23, 2009; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Productive Narcissist

Who would want to follow a leader who is often insulting to his subordinates? Some people would and do, because Jobs creates great products that change people's lives.

By Michael Maccoby | June 23, 2009; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Putting the "I" in "iPhone"

Isn't it ironic that one of the early mavens of transparency, with his lap tops, iPhone and iPod, has been himself one of the least transparent leaders, especially about his own medical problems?

By Warren Bennis | June 23, 2009; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Revolving Around the Sun

CEOs have a right to privacy, of course, but when a CEO's identity is so closely intertwined with that of the company he or she leads, the "disclosure threshold" is different.

By Paul R. Portney | June 23, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time for Answers

No exception should be made that undermines the health of the company that Steve Jobs has led so brilliantly; stockholders deserve a relatively quick answer on Jobs' health.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | June 22, 2009; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Personal Issue

The question is whether one's health is a personal issue or an essential open data point in the corporate world. There is no textbook answer, and we should respect his decision.

By John H. Cochran, MD | June 22, 2009; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Trust the Art, Not the Artist

Marvel at his products, applaud his feel for design, wonder at his capacity to cast such a large shadow over so many industries. But don't think you'll do better as a leader by acting more like Apple's leader.

By William C. Taylor | June 22, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Michael Walsh's Example

The role model of how to handle an illness serious enough to concern the Street is the late Michael Walsh, who had an inoperable brain tumor when CEO of Tenneco in the early 1990s.

By Noel M. Tichy | June 22, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Sense of Exceptionalism?

Steve Jobs and his board had a strategic decision to make about his health, his privacy and his leadership. That is why we create leadership teams and boards: to make the tough calls.

By Andy Stern | June 22, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Regrettable But Acceptable

Though regrettable, Steve Jobs' silence about his recent illnesses is not a venal violation of the principles of leadership.

By Howard Gardner | June 22, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

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