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Archive: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Palin: A Profound Lack of Sensitivity

After resigning from the governorship of Alaska, Sarah Palin may not be an elected leader. But because of her thousands of followers, and her repeated, and often successful, attempts to impact the national conversation, she is still very much a leader. I believe that role demands its actors to condemn offensive speech and promote tolerance and understanding. In defending Laura Schlessinger, Sarah Palin is anything but.

By Jena McGregor | August 19, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (58)

HP's Hurd: Other execs have his back

The belief that Hurd should still be CEO is a reminder that for many executives, performance trumps all. Hurd's reputation as an operations whiz--the company posted yet another strong quarter today, with an 11% jump in revenues and 6% boost in profits--is unlikely to diminish much in the eyes of his peers, no matter how many dinners he had with an actress/"marketing contractor" or how many expense reports he incorrectly filed.

By Jena McGregor | August 18, 2010; 9:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Trouble on the horizon for Dell CEO?

But votes like this have a way of starting to erode that support. Twenty-five percent may not seem like much in Washington, but in the boardroom, that's a sizable lack of investor confidence. Patrick McGurn, a special counsel for ISS, told the Journal that "anything over 20% is something that boards take notice of."

By Jena McGregor | August 17, 2010; 8:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

We Pay Less. So Come Work Here!

it seems the OPM could do less to laud how "little" federal employees get paid and more to boost the benefits of working there. Yes, set the record straight with fair comparisons, if such a thing is even possible--as they are now, the numbers seem practically meaningless in their massive scope. But at the same time, government leaders should also be doing everything they can to recruit the best and brightest.

By Jena McGregor | August 16, 2010; 11:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why Mike Bloomberg Is a Real Leader

In an era in which talking points and party lines have driven our national conversation, it is refreshing to hear a politician, whether you agree with him or not, defend his independent thinking with personal ideas he believes in. That's why it's called leadership.

By Jena McGregor | August 15, 2010; 7:34 PM ET | Comments (22)

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