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Archive: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Winning Over My Mother

I grew up in a family in which Ted Kennedy was regarded as the worst politician in America, but today even my mother -- now dependent on Medicare -- is grateful for his leadership.

By Paul Schmitz | August 28, 2009; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Troops Without Uniforms

Nation building is not our military's strength. Now is the time for our people -- and corporations -- to contribute to Afghanistan's rebuilding.

By Robert Goodwin | August 28, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (24)

The Late Bloomer

His could have been a story of the misspent life of the younger son, but Teddy Kennedy found a way to turn his life around and become a true statesman.

By Deborah Ancona | August 28, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

Leading From the Front

On issue after issue -- minimum wage, children's health care, immigration -- he kept focused on the goal, neither distracted by setbacks or deterred by delays.

By Andy Stern | August 28, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Example Sorely Lacking

Kennedy's ability, even his willingness, to collaborate with members of the opposing party set an example that is sorely lacking in Washington today.

By Yash Gupta | August 28, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Kennedy 'Alumni' Association

Staff in Kennedy's office and committees were among the best in the business. This can become a self-perpetuating virtuous cycle, as great people invariably cite "quality of colleagues" as a key driver in employment decisions.

By Tom Monahan | August 27, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Consistency of Purpose

The warrior from Massachusetts reminds us that, to make things stick, the leader needs to stick to what matters.

By Barry Salzberg | August 27, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Secret of Smart Staffers

The unspoken key to Senator Kennedy's leadership is this: He was never afraid to hire people on his staff who were smarter than he was.

By Alan M. Webber | August 27, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Playboy, the Leader

A playboy, a womanizer, a child of "royalty" -- yet Ted Kennedy still grew and developed as a leader.

By Howard Gardner | August 27, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep On Plugging

All leaders can learn from his willingness to keep on working under difficult circumstances and to let go of his own "need to be right" in order to find meaningful compromise.

By Marshall Goldsmith | August 27, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

From Lightweight to Leader

In his life journey, he responded to devastating family tragedy and personal failure by dedicating himself to further the common good.

By Michael Maccoby | August 27, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Passion Without Invective

The senator known earlier for his free-wheeling life became a study in serious commitment to transcendent issues.

By Mickey Edwards | August 27, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Persistent But Gracious

I vividly recall our meeting exactly 10 years ago when Medtronic was working to gain his support for an FDA reform bill -- Kennedy was a persistent but gracious negotiator.

By Bill George | August 27, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Breaking Through the Gardol Screen

Ted Kennedy lived and worked behind the screen of his family name until failure pushed him to find his authentic leadership style.

By Marty Linsky | August 27, 2009; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (11)

Flawed Leadership in Washington

It is too late to repair the harm done to the Army by the mishandled removal of General David McKiernan, but the resulting debate may be a useful part of developing an effective strategy in Afghanistan.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | August 26, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (15)

New Strategy, New Leader

It is possible Gn. McKiernan was the best-available leader under the old, NATO-focused strategy in Afghanistan, but the game has changed.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | August 25, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (30)

'Nation-Building' Dreams

With our focus on "good governance" and economic development, the fundamental question remains: How critical are the governance and development goals to our anti-Taliban efforts in Afghanistan---and how realistic?

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | August 25, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Time for Plain Talk

We can't have a repeat of the mistakes made in Vietnam and Iraq, when our leaders were unable or unwilling to fully explain why we got in and how we would get out.

By Yash Gupta | August 25, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Victory on the Cheap

We learned in Iraq that we cannot fight a successful war at half speed; only with the surge did we see our way to at least a quasi-victory. And that is the only way out in Afghanistan.

By Slade Gorton | August 25, 2009; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (10)

A Necessary Question

It will take a courageous leader to decide against escalating the war in Afghanistan.

By Kurt Schmoke | August 25, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mission Creep

The war has shifted from destroying al-Qaeda to fighting the Taliban, and we are becoming bogged down in what is essentially a complex of tribal wars.

By Michael Maccoby | August 25, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (3)

'What's the Point?'

Until and unless the leaders in the Obama Administration answer the question, 'What's the point?' the American people will not understand why sacrifices are being made on the ground and military leaders will be unable to mount an effective military campaign.

By Alan M. Webber | August 24, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (53)

Breaking Every Rule

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dating back to their very beginnings, are case studies on how not to wage war.

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | August 24, 2009; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (14)

History's Against Us

The issue for the U.S. has less to do with military strategy and military leadership than with the problematic nature of waging a war half way around the world on terrain we may never be able to really secure.

By Bill Shore | August 24, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reduce Our Commitment

President Obama made a huge mistake in taking on Afghanistan as "his" war.

By Howard Gardner | August 24, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raise Revenues First

How many successful CEOs can you name off the top of your head who weren't associated with massively increased revenues? It is the clearest sign for followers that you are succeeding as a leader.

By Roger Martin | August 24, 2009; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

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