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Archive: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Hurd shouldn't get a golden parachute

Companies can attract the leaders they want, and the public will feel a lot more kindly toward the company that does not reward negligent executives with golden parachutes. In the end of the day, it is rebuilding the public's trust and respect in the corporations that will be golden not the parachutes.

By Peter Hart | August 13, 2010; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Thick Skin, and more of it

I've huffed and puffed about many things I should have blown off. So I could only nod when I heard this wisdom from an executive recruiter for C-suites and board seats: "Thick skin. That's what more women need."But not just one layer. To get to the top, women likely need three.

By Sharon Meers | August 13, 2010; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (42)

Warren Bennis: Still surprising at 85

It is not an accident that Warren was chosen to lead other soldiers in battle when he was barely 20 years of age;that Warren's dissertation and first papers were widely acclaimed; that he was offered tenure at MIT at a tender age; and that he has an unequaled set of friends and admirers.

By Howard Gardner | August 11, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

No choice but to remove Hurd

As much as they may have wished to retain him it is impossible to see how they could have done so without severely undercutting his ability to lead and the corporation's reputation.

By Slade Gorton | August 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Undermining the 'HP Way'

The HP values have been undermined and frayed by some of the leaders who followed Bill and Dave. Mark Hurd promised to revitalize the HP Way. His actions, hiding expenses to engage in a questionable relationship that does not pass the smell test, undermine the trust essential for a company's sustainable success.

By Michael Maccoby | August 10, 2010; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

Board acted 'admirably' to remove Mark Hurd

The one thing a board must preserve is the good reputation and trust in a company. A responsible board would never squander the good name of the Company. In the end, the HP board chose the Company's character over the CEO's competence.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | August 10, 2010; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's new airline law: Safety loopholes

The appointment of committees and task forces filled with many of the same industry insiders who overlooked these problems in the first place, combined with vague wording and compliance deadlines three years into the future means change in commercial aviation will come slowly, if at all.

By Amy Fraher | August 10, 2010; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (5)

Mark Hurd exits speaks for itself

The speed and manner of Hurd's resignation increases the likelihood that working for HP will continue to mean something special. Redeeming that likelihood is the challenge for the next leadership, thousands of supporting employees, and, especially, the Board.

By Howard Gardner | August 9, 2010; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (5)

HP needs a leader who is a role model

Leadership is about being a role model for the entire organization; it's about leading your people with character, compassion, competence, and constancy of purpose. On this score, Hurd has come up empty, even if the abuse was only "modest."

By Yash Gupta | August 9, 2010; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

HP resignation: A breach of trust

Words are cheap. Clever public relations professionals can fashion prose that makes their companies seem not only prosperous and profitable but also as pure as the driven snow. While there may seem little harm in such statements, the problem is that so few of us, either inside or outside the company, believe it

By John Baldoni | August 9, 2010; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

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