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Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and author of the Sept. 2010 book, POWER: Why Some People Have it and Others Don’t.

B

Question: From a leadership perspective--moving the country and the political process away from division and gridlock and toward consensus, confidence and action--how would you grade President Obama's State of the Union speech?

I give it a B. Good themes, too long.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer

 |  January 25, 2011; 10:32 PM ET
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I felt good after the speech. Obama showed civility, he clearly let the Republicans know that he was counting on them coming up with good ideas.

He looked ahead, not backwards and looked beyond short term party politics.

In other words, he was presidential.

Hank,
Semper Fi

Posted by: marketeck | January 27, 2011 7:49 PM
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If you're going to cut costs, you have to tell us how, especially when the majority of your speech talked about spending. "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs", gosh, I almost thought we had gone back in time to 2009 when you spoke on this same topic and again in 2010 when you said "we get it". Really ! You understand your agenda but you don't have a clue what the American people are telling you.

Posted by: kevina2 | January 26, 2011 2:57 PM
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If you're going to cut costs, you have to tell us how, especially when the majority of your speech talked about spending. "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs", gosh, I almost thought we had gone back in time to 2009 when you spoke on this same topic and again in 2010 when you said "we get it". Really ! You understand your agenda but you don't have a clue what the American people are telling you.

Posted by: kevina2 | January 26, 2011 2:54 PM
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comment grade: D. too short.

Posted by: newdad | January 25, 2011 11:24 PM
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