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Archive: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

The Optimus Prime way

When I was a kid, the Transformer Optimus Prime inspired and moved me. Leadership is the power to inspire others through symbols.

By Coro Fellows | November 24, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sealing grand alliances

A White House state dinner conveys enormous symbolism and skilled presidents like FDR have used them to seal important alliances.

By Yash Gupta | November 24, 2009; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (5)

Breaking bread at Jeanne's Cafe

Leadership is all about relationships, so even if we can't all host or attend state dinners, we should create our own.

By Ed O'Malley | November 24, 2009; 5:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Political greasing

The president should fill sought-after state-dinner seats with folks who aren't on his payroll - above all, members of Congress, governors, pundits and journalists, and lots and lots of big-time campaign financiers.

By Ken Adelman | November 23, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (11)

A real opportunity

The state dinner is a real opportunity for the president to strengthen a vitally important relationship with India.

By Slade Gorton | November 23, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Public gestures, private committments?

Certainly the symbolic gestures of leadership are important, but if a leader's public signals and private actions conflict -- game over.

By Beth A. Brooke | November 23, 2009; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Time for substance

If anything, the Obama presidency has been so focused on symbolic conduct that sometimes symbols have become, or seemed to become, a substitute for policy.

By Howard Gardner | November 23, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Real work in private

State dinners can help to bring people together but they tend to be more social occasions and are more about show than substance.

By David Walker | November 23, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lincoln's audacious address

Lincoln's boldly reordered our nation's priorities with his Gettysburg Address , a move that riled even loyal supporters.

By Ed Ruggero | November 23, 2009; 5:46 AM ET | Comments (71)

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