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Archive: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

How Joe Biden can help working parents

The next time a politician kisses a baby, let's tell him to hang on to the tyke for the weekend. Working parenthood may not be a reality for CEOs and policy makers, but it's real life for most of us.

By Sharon Meers | July 30, 2010; 5:15 AM ET | Comments (95)

Our 'shut-eye' corporate sentries

Like Ken Lay before him, Tony Hayward's failing was not simply his myopia or cupidity or incompetence. It was his inability to create a company culture open to reality.

By Warren Bennis | July 28, 2010; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Don't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch

CEO heroes exist all around us. Somehow America has forgotten that our vibrant economy, the mass majority of our jobs, and the products we use every day are a result of strong business leadership.

By Amy M. Wilkinson | July 28, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Heroes and villians have always been there

Great leaders, and terrible leaders have been with us throughout our history. Some things never change.

By Marshall Goldsmith | July 28, 2010; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

What would JP Morgan do?

In crisis, true heroes realize that their interests are inexorably tied to those of the people that depend on them.

By Robert Goodwin | July 28, 2010; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Neither heroes nor villians

CEOs are human beings who have a very big job, and who, in order to do that job well, need and deserve the support of their leadership team, their board, their family, and a host of other stakeholders. They do not need to be put on a pedestal.

By Erika James | July 27, 2010; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (7)

Fragile reputations

Even in difficult times there are CEOs who have managed to stay on their slippery pedestals.

By Michael Maccoby | July 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

CEOs get booed when they lose too

Soon, we hope, a handful of CEOs will begin to invest and to hire and we'll have heroes again, however briefly.

By Slade Gorton | July 27, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Out with the hero label, in with a lunch bucket attitude

Leadership, like character, is what you do when the choices are hard. When things are booming, it can be fun to grow the business, introducing new products and services, hiring new employees, and reaping strong profits. Tough times mean facilities closings, layoffs, and bearish earnings.

By John Baldoni | July 27, 2010; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

The heroes of Omaha Beach

Sitting on Omaha Beach today, it's hard for me to put the words "corporate hero" together.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | July 26, 2010; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (13)

Needed: SuperHUMANS not superheroes

Taking BP out of the whole it dug itself into will require a leader who's part experienced oil & gas executive, part government relations specialist, part statesman, part crisis manager, part credible spokesperson, part cheerleader, part trusted coach.

By Angel Cabrera | July 26, 2010; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Meet today's corporate heroes

It's time to focus more on the successes of CEOs who are making a positive difference and less on individual failures.

By Bill George | July 26, 2010; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Uncritical admiration of a 5-year-old

When asked about the quality he wanted most in his generals, Napoleon replied, "Luck."

By Sir Andrew Likierman | July 26, 2010; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best heroes are the quietest

I don't think we lack any CEO heroes. But I suspect that the true heroes are largely unsung, and prefer to remain that way.

By Howard Gardner | July 26, 2010; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (6)

Need a hero? Check out DaVita's Kent Thiry

How do we know a business hero when we see one? When we see CEOs who understand the powerful connection between human values and economic value.

By William C. Taylor | July 26, 2010; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

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