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Archive: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

The leadership Brett Favre lacked

Leadership, as Alan Keith of Genentech has said, "is ultimately about a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen."

By Lisa Larson | February 6, 2010; 6:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

High-risk status quo

"Staying the course" without revisiting issues when the facts or the context changes, is dangerous behavior.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 5, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Toyota's pride accelerates trouble

Early in this recall debacle, Toyota seemed more concerned with self-preservation than concern for customers.

By John Baldoni | February 4, 2010; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (9)

Flip-flopping -- or not?

As John Kerry learned too late, leaders who change their mind need to offer strong explanations.

By Howard Gardner | February 4, 2010; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Changing for the wrong reasons

When evidence changes, leaders should change. Not because they face political opposition, like McCain, or can't abide being outside today's conventional wisdom, ala Powell, but because of a change in evidence.

By Ken Adelman | February 4, 2010; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

All in the implementation

Strong leadership on implementing the policy change is what's needed now.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | February 4, 2010; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Flattery is betrayal

As public servants, we demean and betray our citizens if we do not provide them with the brutal facts and truths.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | February 4, 2010; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

End the spending binge

It's time to begin a process that will engage the American people with the hard facts, the plain truth and the tough choices relating to our nation's deficits.

By David Walker | February 3, 2010; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Financial manifesto

If you accept the premise that the public has lost confidence in government, then it complicates the ability of the country to handle the truth about the government budget deficits.

By Kurt Schmoke | February 3, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

From service to skepticism

It will take more than sweetly delivered words to put the faith back in our hearts that government is spending our money wisely.

By Robert Goodwin | February 3, 2010; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (26)

The health care imperative

Neither the president nor congressional leaders have made a clear case to the American people for tax increases nor service decreases.

By Michael Maccoby | February 2, 2010; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bitter medicine

Leadership is about mobilizing people to do the work they would rather not do.

By Ed O'Malley | February 2, 2010; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (11)

Bold truth, political suicide

What we need most now isn't just leadership. It's civility, so we can talk about the issues that matter.

By Donald Kettl | February 2, 2010; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Acting responsibly

There are those who think spending more money in the short term is a necessary evil; others think that cutting costs is our only option.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 2, 2010; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Getting what we demand

While Americans can handle the painful truth about tax increases and budget cuts, we don't demand it.

By Daisy Wademan Dowling | February 2, 2010; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

California's cautionary tale

For a gripping lesson in budget management, look no further than the celebrities in the California state legislature.

By Coro Fellows | February 2, 2010; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Something-for-nothing culture

Americans have a proud history of sacrifice in times of hardship. I believe we can do it again if President Obama can inspire us to do so.

By Yash Gupta | February 2, 2010; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Feeding the ignorance

Most Americans cannot even conceptualize the idea that we need to have both higher taxes AND fewer services.

By Howard Gardner | February 2, 2010; 5:50 AM ET | Comments (30)

Wiser heads

Americans who care about their nation have less difficulty facing tough choices than do their representatives in Congress.

By Slade Gorton | February 2, 2010; 5:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fuel for the journey

Like Rockefeller and Carnegie, Steve Jobs understands that in a time of great transformation, much is up for grabs.

By Nancy Koehn | February 1, 2010; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Handling the ugly truth

The real question is whether or not our elected officials have the backbone to lead.

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | February 1, 2010; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Cheerleading syndrome

The cheerleading effect happens when the only acceptable message is a positive one. Everyone wants the party to go on, even after they have forgotten what the celebration was for.

By Don Vandergriff | February 1, 2010; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would YOU be an 'Undercover Boss?'

Only a few leaders are bold enough to work incognito as line workers in their own companies -- and have the American public watch the results. Here are lessons from one CEO brave enough to take the plunge.

By Carol Kinsey Goman | February 1, 2010; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Logical leaps into the future

Apple has become organizationally adept at inventing the future.

By Roger Martin | February 1, 2010; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

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