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Archive: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

The president's State of the Union report card

How would you grade Obama's State of the Union speech?

By Lillian Cunningham | January 26, 2011; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (17)

B+

Speeches are bountiful and talk is cheap...

By Paul R. Portney | January 26, 2011; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

A

He was future focused, as I believe all good leaders must be...

By Gail S. Williams | January 26, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

A-

From the point of view of leadership, not politics, the president's speech did several things right...

By Joanne B. Ciulla | January 26, 2011; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

B-

If you were a technology entrepreneur, there was a lot to like. If you were one of the 48 million Americans living below the poverty line, you must feel not only voiceless but invisible...

By Bill Shore | January 26, 2011; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

A

Witness tonight's anemic Republican response...

By Warren Bennis | January 26, 2011; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

A

It was a message that inspires us to recall and embrace the true American character: a nation of people who believe in themselves, who value freedom and democracy...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | January 26, 2011; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

A-

While President Obama began his State of the Union address with an appeal to cooperation and working together, his central challenge to the members of Congress and the nation was creating jobs (mentioned 25 times)...

By Jim Kouzes | January 26, 2011; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

A-

As an educator, I appreciated his emphasis on education...

By Rick Rochelle | January 26, 2011; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

A-

I know that most panelists will be commenting on the substance of President Obama's remarks, but as an executive coach with expertise in nonverbal communication, here is my rating for the president's body language...

By Carol Kinsey Goman | January 26, 2011; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

A

Obama has finally grown into his presidential shoes...

By Juana Bordas | January 26, 2011; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

B+

Consensus building is a messy process. I have seen this within a team of just 12 individuals, let alone 535 voting members of Congress...

By Coro Fellows | January 25, 2011; 11:48 PM ET | Comments (3)

B

This was not an exciting speech, and there was not a lot of detail on how to move forward. There was no dramatic plan for dealing with a deficit that...

By Deborah Ancona | January 25, 2011; 11:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

B

The atmosphere in the chamber was muted in a strange way--one almost felt as though the Congress believed they...

By Peter Hart | January 25, 2011; 11:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

A

America is back. The Chilean story toward the end provided the unifying narrative--a small town guy running a small company in Pennsylvania, leading the rescue without waiting for any coach to call him into play...

By Ronald Heifetz | January 25, 2011; 11:43 PM ET | Comments (5)

A-

The picture was of a united body with the president leading. And as we know, the picture is a crucial political takeaway...

By Kathryn Kolbert | January 25, 2011; 11:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

A-

Can we rally behind a committed centrist?

By Marty Linsky | January 25, 2011; 11:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

B

I give the speech a "B."

By Barbara Kellerman | January 25, 2011; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

B-

The American people sent a very clear message this last election that they were tired of the expansion of government and it excesses. And President Obama did little to communicate that he truly understands the concerns of citizens...

By Robert Goodwin | January 25, 2011; 11:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

A-

His catch phrase, "Win the future," was simple and compelling...

By Martin Davidson | January 25, 2011; 11:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

B+

The challenge for the future, in growing 21st century jobs, was forceful and engaging. The blueprint for getting government and its budget under control, however, was much weaker...

By Donald Kettl | January 25, 2011; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

A-

The speech promoted an understanding of the stark reality we're facing and demanded of us a willingness to sacrifice to...

By Alaina Love | January 25, 2011; 11:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

B+

A great beginning ("sit together tonight, and work together tomorrow") and a great theme ("Winning the Future"). And, like most of these speeches in the past, the rest is pretty much forgotten...

By Barry Posner | January 25, 2011; 10:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

C+

President Obama's speech was a "A" in tone and style but was a "D" on substance, especially in connection with...

By David Walker | January 25, 2011; 10:47 PM ET | Comments (9)

B

Overall the challenge for a leader is to link a broad, often disparate set of important activities into a coherent theme. This speech...

By Tom Monahan | January 25, 2011; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

A-

The minus is because I consider that, besides science and technology, both innovation and a good life require education in the arts and...

By Michael Maccoby | January 25, 2011; 10:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

A

He told stories. And it's stories that a family (or our political family) lives by, especially in such a complicated time...

By Marie Wilson | January 25, 2011; 10:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

B

Good themes, too long.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | January 25, 2011; 10:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Why Congress should watch where they sit

While the "who's sitting where?" game may seem just as juvenile as the "my side, your side" division of the past, the fact is that seating really does make a statement. Sure, few of us need to think about our seats Tuesday night, but just about all of us have hovered awkwardly around a meeting table at one point or other. Congress is right to understand that where they sit sends a signal about their power dynamics and willingness to cooperate--and the concept has interesting implications for business leaders.

By Carol Kinsey Goman | January 24, 2011; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (10)

 
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