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Amy Fraher
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Amy Fraher

Amy L. Fraher is a retired Navy Commander and Aviator,Director of the International Team Training Center at San Diego Miramar College. Her book Thinking Through Crises comes out Spring 2011

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Unions, the government's low-hanging fruit

It is in management's nature to seek fiscal cuts. It's up to the rest of us, union and non-union members alike, to resist these types of radical changes to our ways of work...

By Amy Fraher | February 28, 2011; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (10)

Leadership: Part action, part perception

Although President Mubarak may still hold the 'formal' authority of his role, it's informal authority that is now at stake...

By Amy Fraher | February 1, 2011; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

The reformer: Adm. Mike Mullen

Testifying to Congress about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the Admiral persuasively summed up the issue: "For me it comes down to integrity"...

By Amy Fraher | December 20, 2010; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama's gift of opportunity

Rather than respond defensively to unambiguously negative feedback, the first thing any organizational leader should do is to thank his evaluators for the opportunity to tackle the areas of deficiency and make things right before problems escalate to irreparable levels. Whether considering President Obama or...

By Amy Fraher | November 1, 2010; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

What does it say about today's culture that we've idolized Don Draper?

Although Draper's inappropriate drinking, disregard for employees and sexually harassing behavior toward women would definitely get him fired in today's organizations, it is his unreflective steamroller approach to getting what he wants at any cost that would prove lethal to the organization as a whole. So why, if he is so ill suited for today's organizations, do we still find him so fascinating?

By Amy Fraher | October 19, 2010; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (10)

The pros and cons of decentralized leadership

Decentralized leadership approaches work well when an organization needs innovation and creative solutions from knowledgeable people who are familiar with the environment and know their role within the organization. The less hierarchical culture allows a free flow of ideas, yet people's experience and professionalism keep chaos from swamping the task.

By Amy Fraher | September 22, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (5)

One for one, and all for me

Rather than accept any responsibility for generating our economic crisis or responding to government and taxpayers urgent requests to loosen up purse strings and display some of the optimism they profess to consumers, business leaders respond with complaints about 'anti-business' attitudes.

By Amy Fraher | July 5, 2010; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

A general destablized by Afghanistan

General McChrystal, a career military man and Army Ranger who is known to sleep just four hours, eat just one meal and run seven miles per day, excelled in the Iraq war. Yet something about the ambiguous nature of the Afghan struggle destabilized him.

By Amy Fraher | June 24, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (4)


How did Facebook -- or its leader -- become fixated on such a complex non-user-friendly solution as the only possibility?

By Amy Fraher | June 8, 2010; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Mission accomplished?'

Airline CEOs taking to the skies this week in test flights, like George Bush declaring 'mission accomplished' in 2003, was premature and dangerously distracting.

By Amy Fraher | April 21, 2010; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Between risk and certainty

World leaders like President Obama in Washington this week can learn from this by not shying away from the challenge of this decision making process.

By Amy Fraher | April 13, 2010; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pope Benedict, take note

Imagine if Pope Benedict had used the occasion of Easter to express appreciation for his community's devotion to his Church, while acknowledging the decades of pain that poorly supervised pedophile priests have caused thousands of children.

By Amy Fraher | April 6, 2010; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

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