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Archive: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Right aspirations, wrong definition

The mistake the Canadians made was not that they had higher aspirations for success; it was their definition of success.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 26, 2010; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (32)

Out of step for Canada

The goal of dominating the Olympics doesn't match the usual style of our neighbors to the north.

By Yash Gupta | February 25, 2010; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (21)

Don't strive like Toyota

Stretch goals are fine as long as they reinforce an organization's purpose and there is no down-side for failing to meet them.

By Michael Maccoby | February 25, 2010; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

A safe stretch

Winning medals at the Olympics isn't a stretch goal -- it's the only goal!

By Lisa Larson | February 25, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Apologize the Toyota way

No one is venerated more in Toyota culture than the engineer. It is these very engineers who must make good on Toyota's many public apologies, by fixing the design flaws.

By John Baldoni | February 25, 2010; 5:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Moments of excellence

Demoralization comes from feeling fear and doubt. It does not come from having high goals.

By Coro Fellows | February 25, 2010; 12:33 AM ET | Comments (5)

Ready for a walk-out

The American people want to see work getting done in Washington, but it must be a quality job.

By Robert Goodwin | February 24, 2010; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (5)

Transcript: Gen. Petraeus on staying strong through 'horrific news'

"There was a point in time when somebody came to me and said, 'Sir, the only thing we have left is your credibility.' I took that pretty seriously."

By Andrea Useem | February 23, 2010; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Gen. Petraeus: No sugar-coated optimism

Success does not depend on one person, but whatever the U.S. achieves in Iraq could have been accomplished without Gen. David Petraeus's leadership.

By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | February 23, 2010; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (36)

'Tigerpology:' Be more like Lance

Formal leaders who are elected or chosen for their position owe us apologies when they transgress. Sports leaders just owe us great sportsmanship.

By Lisa Larson | February 23, 2010; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (18)

No zero-sum game

So far, there has been too much reinforcement of negative, resistive behavior and too little support for mature rational leadership in Congress.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 23, 2010; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

Principled conservatism

Saying 'no' appeals to far-right voters, but congressional elections come, the public may blame Republicans for sabotaging progress.

By Michael Maccoby | February 23, 2010; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (7)

Patriotic imperative

Creating consensus is one of the main roles of a leader, and centrist citizens care more about substance than slogans.

By Yash Gupta | February 23, 2010; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

An easy answer

Republicans should stick to their point that the president is advocating a system that will will cost most Americans more and give them less.

By Slade Gorton | February 23, 2010; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (6)

By merits, not partisanship

Anybody who opposes legislation for reasons of partisan advantage is guilty of not doing his or her duty as a member of Congress.

By Mickey Edwards | February 23, 2010; 5:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

A big price to pay

If the two parties fail to agree on a centrist bill, albeit a modest one, voters will punish them next November.

By Bill George | February 23, 2010; 5:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fascination with power

I don't expect much progress at the health-care summit--at least not until both parties realize they were elected to be servant leaders.

By Scott DeRue | February 23, 2010; 5:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

Winning with 'no'

For Republicans, saying 'no' to the current health-care plan accords with their principles.

By George Daly | February 23, 2010; 5:28 AM ET | Comments (10)

The great Republican uprising

The Great Republican Uprising will be one of the most monumental political power shifts of our time -- if you exclude the Great Democratic Revolt of 2008.

By Coro Fellows | February 23, 2010; 12:45 AM ET | Comments (49)

Al Haig: The leader I want to remember

He came through in a clutch moment, providing leadership when Nixon could not, but as Secretary of State under Reagan, Al Haig disappointed himself and the nation.

By Ken Adelman | February 22, 2010; 5:38 AM ET | Comments (51)

Commandant Thad Allen

We don't need leaders focused on their own organizations. We need leaders ready to focus on the big-picture problem.

By Donald Kettl | February 21, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (8)

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