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Archive: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Taking a tip from Johnson & Johnson

While many CEOs and corporate boards are evaluated by their quarterly returns they have a deeper responsibility to create and protect enduring value.

By Robert Goodwin | June 18, 2010; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fragility of political capital

The leadership lesson of the oil spill? Initial public perceptions harden quickly, take on a life of their own, and are vastly more difficult to change than to set in the first place.

By Bill Shore | June 17, 2010; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Small gaffe, big generosity

I hate to see BP chairman's gaffe overshadow the fact that BP has now stepped up to put $20 billion dollars in escrow and has given Kenneth Feinberg the ability to dole it out to those in need.

By Kathryn Kolbert | June 17, 2010; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Warmth 101 for BP chairman

There are two sets of nonverbal signals that are especially important to our assessment of leaders: warmth and confidence.

By Carol Kinsey Goman | June 17, 2010; 4:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Henry Flipper at West Point: From slave to Army officer

West Point's first African-American graduate, Henry Flipper, was born into slavery. Today, the institution that actively resisted enrollment of African American officers now has an award in his name.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | June 17, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (10)

Ken Burns on the great leaders of baseball

'We know what it is like to have an overpaid Yankees team not do anything, and we know what it's like to have an overpaid Yankees team succeed, and the difference is the willingness to sublimate your own personal desires for something larger than yourself.'

By On Leadership video transcripts | June 16, 2010; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (5)

Over-promising and under-delivering

Reasonable people appreciate that stopping the leak presents enormous technological challenges, and Tony Hayward would have been more credible if he set reasonable expectations.

By Gail S. Williams | June 16, 2010; 1:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calling captain safety

No manager should be rewarded for cutting costs at the expense of safety, whether in the private or public sector.

By Michael Maccoby | June 15, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Staying ahead of the tsunami

By not understanding the more public nature of his leadership role early on, the President allowed others to define his actions and question his leadership as "being out of touch."

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 15, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Think before you react

What concerns me more about Obama's handling of the oil spill is that he is reacting too much to the external pressures of various interest groups without seemingly first have devised a vision for the short and long-term future of oil exploration and alternative energy

By Erika James | June 15, 2010; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where does the buck stop?

For President Obama, it really is time to move on from not being George Bush to leading the agenda on offshore drilling and oil dependency.

By Sir Andrew Likierman | June 15, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

The least-valuable-player award

A president must demonstrate that he appreciates people's problems and predicaments, that he is, in fact, one of us.

By Yash Gupta | June 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who's-on-first in the Gulf

President Obama has chosen to be the national point person on the Gulf eco-catastrophe. By failing to appoint a public-sector crisis manager of national stature, the president is seen as personally responsible for the catastrophe.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | June 15, 2010; 3:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Why Tony Hayward should 'never complain, never explain'

Tony Hayward has done a terrible job for BP's shareholders and employees even as he has seemingly followed the conventional wisdom about dealing with disasters.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | June 15, 2010; 3:13 AM ET | Comments (75)

Not blame but responsibility

The model for a public-private partnership to handle disasters is certainly not new -- just ask any fireman who responds to a blaze caused by faulty wiring.

By Lisa Larson | June 15, 2010; 3:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

The man who skipped 'Leadership 101'

The only reliable thing about the CEO of BP has been his uncanny ability to show how little empathy and concern he has for the people who are most directly affected or for the long-term implications of this disaster.

By Scott DeRue | June 15, 2010; 2:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

First prize to Tony Hayward

It's their well, their incompetence that caused the disaster, and their utter inability to limit the damage that has us still facing a seemingly unending catastrophe.

By Slade Gorton | June 15, 2010; 2:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

You can't choose your crisis

History will judge President Obama not by his speeches or his photo ops, but by how well his administration can fulfill Abraham Lincoln's mandate to do what the people themselves cannot do.

By John Baldoni | June 15, 2010; 2:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Make this about our energy-crazy lifestyle

President Obama should worry less about railing at BP and more about addressing the underlying problem: our unbelievable demand for more and more energy.

By Mickey Edwards | June 15, 2010; 2:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Put the fishermen to work

Tony "I Want My life Back" Hayward is a textbook case on how not to handle a crisis.

By Kathryn Kolbert | June 14, 2010; 8:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Failing the 'organizational scout' test

If leaders aren't looking ahead, setting expectations for performance -- especially in high risk areas -- and holding people accountable, why do we need them?

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | June 14, 2010; 8:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

A ball in the president's court

The primary responsibility for setting the stage for an effective meeting with BP rests primarily with the president.

By George Daly | June 14, 2010; 8:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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