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Nancy Koehn

Nancy Koehn

Nancy F. Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School and author, most recently, of The Story of American Business: From the Pages of the New York Times.

Archive: Nancy Koehn

Losing sight of Lincoln: A mid-course resurrection to save Obama's presidency

Remember, back in 2008, when everyone compared Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln? After he was elected president, Obama himself talked about what he was learning from the 16th president. Fast forward to today: no one is talking about those parallels. Only the most foolish among us would put Obama anywhere near the rarefied stratosphere reserved for our most revered leader.

By Nancy Koehn | December 8, 2010; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (19)

Mapping GM's decline

It was a failure of leadership as astounding and momentous as the company's early achievement. Time will tell if the newly profitable automaker has truly overcome the last three decades of its own history and created an organization as committed to brave, effective and conscientious stewardship as the one that grabbed the industry gauntlet...

By Nancy Koehn | November 16, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

Zuckerberg's expensive lesson

Who wants to take on such an undertaking when there are not enough hours in the day to manage a company, build a market and deliver on the organization's promise to customers, employees and shareholders? (One can almost hear executives of different stripes and spots asking themselves this under their breath.) But this is not the relevant question. The key question is: which leader can afford not to develop a good outside game? And at this moment in history, the answer is...

By Nancy Koehn | October 6, 2010; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bono at 50: The leader we need

Bono seems to understand our most pressing issues today demand a new kind of leadership, one based not in status systems but in humility, an ardent desire to learn and a respect for the individuals that organizations serve.

By Nancy Koehn | May 10, 2010; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (18)

Abraham Lincoln: Never made of marble

'Now he belongs to the ages.' Those words, uttered after Abraham Lincoln died 145 years ago today, began the process of deifying our 16th president.

By Nancy Koehn | April 15, 2010; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (37)

Fuel for the journey

Like Rockefeller and Carnegie, Steve Jobs understands that in a time of great transformation, much is up for grabs.

By Nancy Koehn | February 1, 2010; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dizzying fall from grace

The single biggest factor affecting the fate of our nation may well be how Barack Obama navigates his own internal landscape as a leader.

By Nancy Koehn | January 19, 2010; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (43)

A shirked responsibility

As a new kind of global leader, Tiger Woods carries a responsibility that cannot be shirked or stuffed in a drawer called "protecting his brand."

By Nancy Koehn | December 7, 2009; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (40)

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