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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

Precursor to firing

When a single individual can bring in someone "to compensate for your weakness," you're not the leader. In Jim Zorn's case, this is simply the precursor to his firing.

Two conditions are necessary for such an action to work, and both are infrequent. First, the leader has to recognize his (or her) weakness and seek help, and second, the board, or board chairman, must continue to value the leader and pick someone who will genuinely strengthen the leader and not simply use the position to replace him. I can't think of any good examples of when this has actually happened.

By Slade Gorton

 |  October 27, 2009; 6:10 AM ET
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