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Archive: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

TV perpetuates old boys club

In a realm where women are welcomed as entertainment, it seems being female and an authority still makes people uncomfortable.

By Selena Rezvani | February 25, 2011; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (8)

Bring critics into the fold

When conditions have deteriorated to the point at which constituencies simply will no longer accept the status quo, you either offer concessions or have them taken from you...

By Robert Goodwin | February 23, 2011; 5:46 PM ET | Comments (7)

Crush the rebellion or leave

When a country's leaders have established this type of relationship with citizens, the choices are simple. Crush the rebellion, or leave the country. Many of the strategies that might be available in more representative governments (like negotiation, compromise or gradual accommodation) are out of reach...

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | February 23, 2011; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (6)

Two ways to stay in power

Autocrats like Saddam Hussein and Josef Stalin stayed in power by following Machiavelli's advice that it is better for a prince to be feared than loved...

By Michael Maccoby | February 22, 2011; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (7)

How to build democracy

The best way to hold onto power without destroying a country with political upheaval is to hush those who speak against you while covering the ears of others before they hear what is going on...

By Coro Fellows | February 22, 2011; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (17)

Dear Sultan or King or Your Highness

No one knows, with any certitude, how long such advances take; especially so for a royal dynasty or a charismatic dictatorship. If any of your advisors tell you they know, fire them...

By Warren Bennis | February 22, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

There's no good strategy

The only question for such a leader is how much more do you value yourself and your hold on power than you value...

By Marshall Goldsmith | February 22, 2011; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (9)

The compulsion to stay in power

The situations of such power-made potentates has a parallel to self-made entrepreneurs who once having built a business and a fortune have difficulty handing off control to others...

By John Baldoni | February 22, 2011; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Second chances are sometimes possible

Any government head who allows the national situation to deteriorate to the point of street protests isn't worthy of the title "leader"...

By Yash Gupta | February 22, 2011; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (7)

What you get when you give power away

Not that we want any of the autocrats to retain state power. They should all consider packing their carry-on bags for a one-way trip to the Maldives. But if they had wanted create a reputational power...

By Ken Adelman | February 22, 2011; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

What you get when you give power away

Not that we want any of the autocrats to retain state power. They should all consider packing their carry-on bags for a one-way trip to the Maldives. But if they had wanted create a reputational power...

By Michael Useem | February 22, 2011; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Tough it out

If you want to hold onto power as an autocrat, you have no choice but to 'tough it out.' In the long run, you or your descendants will be overthrown...

By Howard Gardner | February 22, 2011; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (12)

Democracy will be met

An ayatollah or a Gaddafi will hold onto power because he is ruthless enough to shoot his own people in the streets in the name of a real ideology, perverted as it may be...

By Slade Gorton | February 22, 2011; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

 
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