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Archive: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Weekend Reads: The Hurd Mentality

While that may sound like the script for a bad made-for-TV movie, it was the biggest leadership news of the week, in case you were so distracted by the Steve Slater evacuation chute stunt that you missed it.

By Jena McGregor | August 13, 2010; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gates' budget cuts: Sharing the pain

Stop me if this sounds like your place of work. On any given assignment, there's at least three people to whom you report. Meetings are filled with more people in management than people doing the work. And when it comes time for downsizings, the bottom 80% gets deeply slashed while the top 20% is barely touched.

By Jena McGregor | August 13, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

The moral hypocrisy epidemic

Whether it's family values Republicans who have secretive affairs, or do-gooding Democrats who get involved with questionable characters, or CEOs who talk admirably about how much they value their company's people just before taking the ax to 20% of their jobs, nothing frustrates us more than leaders who say one thing, especially if it involves a moral high ground, and then go off and do another. Good leaders run their public and private selves the same way, and know that yes, it does matter how you live.

By Jena McGregor | August 12, 2010; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

What Mark Hurd and Charlie Rangel Have in Common

One left his post without a public fight, albeit with more than $35 million in his pockets. The other is battling the charges, setting up a potentially historic public trial. But both leaders would like their reputations back, thank you very much.

By Jena McGregor | August 11, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

Google's soul-searching

How do two brilliant computer nerds who made their unofficial company motto "don't be evil" wrestle with the pressures to turn in ever greater growth?

By Jena McGregor | August 10, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

Mark Hurd's departure leaves successor in doubt

Hurd was only 53, had only been in the role since 2005, and was doing such a remarkable job that it's almost understandable why a successor didn't immediately appear in the wings.

By Jena McGregor | August 9, 2010; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

HP CEO Mark Hurd allowed to resign: No severance?

Hurd may have been just another CEO (and there are far too many) who let ethics slip in the face of power. But if HP's board wants to boost integrity in the C-suite at HP, and ensure pride and strong morale among its employees, it has a big role to play, too. It should start with the next chief's pay package.

By Jena McGregor | August 8, 2010; 10:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

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