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Archive: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Failing its own test

Toyota failure stems from not meeting the standards it had set for itself.

By Coro Fellows | February 11, 2010; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why CEOs fail: the Toyota edition

Good organizations can juggle many priorities of course but if the senior team does not follow through on these priorities, that is, doing what they say they will do, things fall apart.

By John Baldoni | February 11, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Forgetting greatness

The fatal mistake I have seen leaders make is when they lose the clear purpose that made them great.

By Michael Maccoby | February 11, 2010; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (22)

Painfully simple failure

Toyota's leaders forget to obsessively remind their people about what's important: safety and reliability.

By Warren Bennis | February 11, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Flunking crisis management 101

Although the tenets of good crisis management are widely known -- communicate early and often -- there is little sign the Toyota CEO scrambled the planes in time.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | February 11, 2010; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Game-changing results

What will change the game for Palin are results. She will need to roll up her sleeves and get to work─and bring others along.

By Robert Goodwin | February 10, 2010; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

The genius and pitfalls of charisma

Palin makes her audience feel good about themselves, but most importantly, she makes them want her as their leader.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | February 10, 2010; 9:17 AM ET | Comments (21)

Supreme tea-party hostess

Sarah Palin is adept at the shout out, not the figure out or plan out.

By Ken Adelman | February 9, 2010; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Palin of the past

Sarah Palin's time as Alaska governor, however short, demonstrated there is a kernel of classic, honest, humble leadership in Palin.

By Coro Fellows | February 9, 2010; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (14)

Faux leadership stripes

The notion that one has to have strong leadership skills to attain high office seems anachronistic. Celebrity appeal, a dash of charisma, and a pandering message seem to suffice.

By Howard Gardner | February 9, 2010; 6:09 AM ET | Comments (67)

Become a more interesting person

The only way for her to engage skeptics is, coincidentally, to do what she needs to do any way to be a better leader: listen and learn.

By Alan M. Webber | February 9, 2010; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Senator Palin, maybe

Palin continues to rally the enthusiasm of her myriad of admirers and cause her liberal critics to froth at the mouth.

By Slade Gorton | February 9, 2010; 5:59 AM ET | Comments (12)

Leading the 'party of no'

It's one thing to stir people to action. It's another to show them which way to go.

By Donald Kettl | February 9, 2010; 5:41 AM ET | Comments (220)

By punditry alone?

If punditry alone is enough to get you elected president, then our democracy is in more of a disarray than I care to believe.

By Marie Wilson | February 8, 2010; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

Skillfully playing with ignorance

Part of her feel-good charm is that she appears to believe the distortions of the truth and misunderstanding of the facts that fit her fans' prejudices.

By Michael Maccoby | February 8, 2010; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (15)

Being Sarah

I am not sure that she is - or should be - laying the foundation for a possible presidential candidacy.

By Marshall Goldsmith | February 8, 2010; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (5)

 
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