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Archive: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Falling victim to the 'tyranny of the moment'

The media's obsession with these 24-hour mini-dramas creates the ultimate Catch 22 for leaders. Ignore it, and you'll be blamed for being tone deaf, or worse, afraid of staking out your opinion on the matter. But acknowledge it, and you only fan the flames, creating an even bigger distraction.

By Jena McGregor | September 10, 2010; 12:13 AM ET | Comments (56)

A brain trust for President Obama?

What was idle chatter earlier this week about a shakeup in Obama's ranks has risen to shouting levels now that the mayor's job in Chicago is up for grabs and the president's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, could run for it.

By Jena McGregor | September 9, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (13)

Should President Obama shake up his staff?

In my many conversations with leaders, I have often asked what they wish they'd done differently, or what mistake they considered their greatest. Few things come up more often than that they wished they'd moved faster on personnel decisions, and made the hard call to fire someone who wasn't working out as planned.

By Jena McGregor | September 7, 2010; 10:59 PM ET | Comments (20)

Decoding Hurd's move to Oracle

The expected course for Mark Hurd would have been to leave the public company limelight altogether and camp out running a private equity owned technology firm. He'd rake in millions in the process, on top of his already lucrative severance package, and the press would forget all about Jodie Fisher, the contractor at the center of the scandal. Then, a few years from now, some public technology firm would be on the search for a corporate savior, at which point Hurd could ride back into Wall Street's spotlight, make a quick turnaround, and be the hero once again.

By Jena McGregor | September 6, 2010; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (8)

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