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Archive: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Neither Hamlet Nor Bush

If President Obama is reconsidering our policy in Afghanistan, that is the essential act of a leader -- not an "about face."

By Warren Bennis | September 24, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (39)

Not Just Afghanistan

A Pakistan destabilized from Afghanistan and its own Tribal Areas presents an unacceptable strategic prospect.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | September 24, 2009; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (17)

Facing Up to Facts

I believe victory is still possible in Afghanistan--but it will require brutal honesty and a renewal of support for our mission there.

By Robert Goodwin | September 23, 2009; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (8)

Hated Invaders

The U.S .did not lose its friends in Asia by leaving Vietnam, where we were supporting, as now in Afghanistan, a corrupt government against an insurgency with deep roots in the country.

By Michael Maccoby | September 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (33)

The Right Decision

Making the right decisions and executing them -- whether an about face or full steam ahead -- always require listening, planning, then leading.

By Andy Stern | September 22, 2009; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Difficult Road

If a policy is not working and will not work, a president, like a CEO, must act decisively, explain his decision clearly and move on. Few have ever been willing to do so.

By Slade Gorton | September 22, 2009; 6:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Relentless Communication

Once the decision has been made to execute an about face, any leader needs to communicate, communicate, communicate.

By Beth A. Brooke | September 22, 2009; 6:28 AM ET | Comments (2)

Intelligent Resolve

A good leader must explain with patience and clarity the reasons for the change, as the public will not follow an uncertain leader.

By Mickey Edwards | September 22, 2009; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Boldly Reconsidering

Obama could do the nation, indeed the world, a favor if he could convert such a major change in course into a learning experience.

By Howard Gardner | September 22, 2009; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Necessity of U-Turns

Leadership is all about adjusting--wisely and swiftly--to overwhelming evidence or changes in the external environment.

By Raju Narisetti | September 22, 2009; 5:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

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