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Archive: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Weekend Reads: The refudiate edition

Sarah Palin may not be Shakespeare, but neither are most CEOs and leaders today. While they may not revel in their language creation, most are painfully unaware of the opaque, vague and completely cringe-inducing corporatese they use every day.

By Jena McGregor | July 22, 2010; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Microsoft: How financial reform is changing corporate governance

A Daily Beast story today claims that some senior Microsoft executives, unhappy with the share price under the leadership of Steve Ballmer, are secretly discussing an insurrection against the hard-charging CEO.

By Jena McGregor | July 22, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (8)

CEO watch: Will BP chief Tony Hayward resign?

My own reporting on management shakeups tells me that whether Hayward has 10 weeks or 10 months, it's rarely a good sign when company spokespeople have to start saying the CEO has the full support of the board.

By Jena McGregor | July 21, 2010; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shirley Sherrod: Racism and the rush to judgment

We pay our leaders to think clearly and act quicklySh, but not so quickly that fairness goes out the window. In the Sherrod affair, Vilsack--and the NAACP--should have held their fire until they knew all the facts.

By Jena McGregor | July 21, 2010; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (19)

Can Elizabeth Warren turn her vision into reality?

If Warren is selected as nothing more than an interim head, her leadership skills will count most. In that role, she'll need to set the initial tone of the agency and lure the best and brightest staff members. But if she gets the nomination and is forced to execute on her vision, her management chops will be needed to succeed in the long run.

By Jena McGregor | July 20, 2010; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (9)

Top Secret America: What we learn from 'too big to fail'

The enormous size of the intelligence is beyond the scope of mere mortals to manage. Too big to lead is too big to fail, and we all know where that got us.

By Jena McGregor | July 19, 2010; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Why Steve Jobs gets a C+

The Apple CEO may have succeeded in dampening the hysteria about the antenna's design. But if we just consider the kind of leadership qualities Jobs displayed during the much-hyped press event, I can't give him much more than a C+.

By Jena McGregor | July 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (46)

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