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Archive: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Short-term vs long-term success

Gov. Christie's blunt style is a relief to voters who crave certainty. Indeed he has become the consummate outsider since so many of his fellow politicians faced with difficult choices tend to obfuscate their positions or refuse to take firm stands. In the long term, Christie's haste and certainty may come to haunt...

By Kathryn Kolbert | October 15, 2010; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Why do women hate negotiating?

Women initiate negotiations four times less often than their male counterparts. Women also report "a great deal of apprehension" about negotiation--at a rate 2.5 times more than men, according to the research of Carnegie Mellon's Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. One data point from Babcock and Laschever's research, which appears simple on its face, is even more striking. When asked to pick metaphors that represent the practice of negotiating, women most often selected "going to the dentist" while men more often chose "a ballgame" or "a wrestling match."

By Selena Rezvani | October 15, 2010; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (33)

Buck political pragmatism

While some controversial decisions may alienate certain special interests, the "silent majority" is becoming increasingly appreciative of leaders that are willing to stick their necks out for what they believe to be the correct course of action. And most Americans who have seen their pay, benefits and savings erode are frustrated with the lack of belt-tightening in governmental salaries, benefits...

By Robert Goodwin | October 14, 2010; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Does elitism still rule?

College application season has kicked off, and overachieving high-school seniors across the country are busy hitching their self-worth to the judgment of admissions boards. What do you think? How important is getting into an elite school if you want to be a leader in this country?

By Lillian Cunningham | October 13, 2010; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (24)

Four lessons from Christie

In observing Governor Christie, we can learn how being direct and even aggressive has an appropriate place and time in the repertoire of a leader. In anxious and uncertain times, those most affected often perceive a leader's desire for collaboration as a weakness; a more authoritarian style is palatable, even preferred, by those wanting security. In these times of severe economic...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | October 13, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Christie is taking a short-sighted approach

Governor Christie may deserve credit for addressing New Jersey's budget problems, and he may be scoring points in certain quarters with his various cuts. However, he appears to be taking a short-sighted approach that could cause his state harm in the long run. Consider the impact on education, for example. For the leader of a state, providing a first-rate public education is virtually a moral obligation, and I can't help but...

By Yash Gupta | October 12, 2010; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

What can we learn from Christie?

Many Democrats, including myself, have been lulled into a begrudging respect for Christie. As much as we'd like to see new multi-billion dollar tunnels and drastic raises in education expenditures, we realize that we're no longer living in the era of the blank check, and no one can get furious...

By Coro Fellows | October 12, 2010; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (10)

Leading a divided public

I cannot imagine a leadership appeal that would unite the country. The differences are too deeply rooted in different values and economic interests. If the economy improves and many more Americans find jobs, the public may again...

By Michael Maccoby | October 12, 2010; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Govern like you don't care about a second term

Chris Christie's rising popularity points to a lesson all politicians would do well to remember: many Americans feel it's been too long since they've seen politicians who aren't afraid to say what they think and act on it, even if it means risking their political future. Right now Christie is...

By John R. Ryan | October 12, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

No time for twiddling thumbs

President Obama is now experiencing the backlash against Exaggerated Expectations. And Christie and Cameron need to do a lot more work--and have a lot more luck--before their temporary surge in popularity becomes...

By Howard Gardner | October 12, 2010; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

People can handle the truth

People can handle the truth and the biggest deficit we have is a leadership deficit. The federal government as well as many state and local governments have grown too big, promised too much, and become more disconnected with...

By David Walker | October 12, 2010; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Popularity is easy when troubles run deep

In times of deep troubles about which there is a high degree of public consciousness, leaders like Chris Christie can make tough decisions and gain at least temporary popularity. Winston Churchill is the perfect example. Such decisions are much more difficult when the dangers are either obscure or distant. Under those circumstances only the bravest of leaders, unafraid of losing their offices, will speak...

By Slade Gorton | October 12, 2010; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Go against the grain

As much as we admire leaders for exerting leadership against the odds, there are times when a leader who goes against the grain is doomed to failure. We see this happening often with CEOs. They are so eager to put their stamp on the organization (which is good) that they do not give the organization time to digest new directives (which is not good). So here are...

By John Baldoni | October 12, 2010; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Against big government? It's no surprise he's popular

While these may be 'traditionally' unpopular moves, they are clearly not unpopular in New Jersey (at least for now). Many Americans believe that their government is unnecessarily wasting taxpayer dollars. The average government employee is now making more than their counterpart in the...

By Marshall Goldsmith | October 11, 2010; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (7)

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