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Archive: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Be a Fear Fighter

At this point, President Obama should be fighting the public fear of health-care reform - not using fear to discipline his party.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | August 21, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (10)

We Still Need Visionary Leaders

Shell-shocked from the recession, we may hope for cautious, careful leaders. But ultimately the leaders we need are bold visionaries -- Freud called them narcissists -- who create something new.

By Michael Maccoby | August 21, 2009; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (13)

Respect, Not Fear

Leaders need to be respected by people, who know that they will be held accountable for their results by their leaders.

By Bill George | August 20, 2009; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

Finding the Right Sticks

Orchestrating the right incentives, both positive and negative, and holding people accountable for results, will allow President Obama to effect change we can all believe in.

By Robert Goodwin | August 19, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wistful for W.'s Resolve

Whether or not you liked George W. Bush, you have to concede that he often showed resolve. You don't see a lot of resolve in President Obama when he speaks about policies.

By Yash Gupta | August 18, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (53)

Not If But When

Any new president faces that challenge of being at times loved and other times feared, this president is no different.

By Andy Stern | August 18, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Not a Dictatorship

Our president's role should not be to "punish" people who stand up for their own interests - or to threaten members of Congress.

By Marshall Goldsmith | August 18, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fear of Failure

In American institutions -- whether government with President Obama, or business with the CEO -- fear of an individual doesn't instill that much fear.

By Ken Adelman | August 18, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

'Rahm-ing' It Through

President Obama can resort to a Machiavellian '"stick" approach or he can attempt to educate or inspire the country to a different model of how to do business.

By Howard Gardner | August 18, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Silent Sabotage

One who bullies, is arbitrary, or otherwise instills fear, is more likely to breed failure than success and may well stir resentment that can lead to betrayal or silent sabotage.

By Mickey Edwards | August 18, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Non-Existent Whip

Leadership at this level is persuasiveness in selling sound policy, not cracking a non-existent whip. And all the more so with the private sector.

By Slade Gorton | August 18, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Credibility, Not Threats

If President Obama demonstrates skill in getting his way and gains credibility as a leader to be reckoned with, fear won't be necessary.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | August 18, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

Utter Nonsense

We don't need mountains of research to understand this basic truth: We will work harder and more effectively for people we like. And we will like them in direct proportion to how they make us feel.

By Barry Posner | August 18, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Political Disciplinarian

Everyone gets to save face when the trip to the proverbial woodshed is a private affair.

By Ed Ruggero | August 18, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Even Pickett's Charge

Even the men who died in combat at Gettysburg's horrific struggle were led into battle by leaders who used inspiration rather than intimidation.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | August 18, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

No Place for Intimidation

I categorically reject the notion that the leader should be feared in addition to being admired, trusted and respected.

By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | August 18, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (23)

Not in the Quiver

Fear won't work for this president at this this time because those Blue Dog Democrats and some Republicans are fearful but not of the president.

By Warren Bennis | August 18, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Unripe Moment

The fear factor for many in Congress at this point is voter retribution not presidential retribution.

By Kurt Schmoke | August 18, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (8)

Negative Incentives Needed

The Obama team should now be at work charting what incentives, positive and negative, they can use with Democrats who are on the fence about voting for health-care reform

By Michael Maccoby | August 18, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Moving Past the 'Anti-Bush'

Consistency is a virtue for good management. Unpredictability is a virtue for successful leadership.

By Marty Linsky | August 18, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

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