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Archive: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Keep it simple, Obama

Obama's message problem is about more than just deciding when he does and doesn't need to pick up the mallet. The themes he crafts for his own speeches and campaign stops need to be simplified and winnowed down. I can't count the number of leaders and leadership experts I've spoken to over the years who say three is the magic number of separate goals or ideas people can easily focus on at the same time. Then, repeat them. Over and over and over again. And then again.

By Jena McGregor | September 17, 2010; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (41)

Warren's appointment: The pitfalls of compromise

And so, Obama landed on a compromise--something leaders have to do every day. Except that in Obama's world (where voter dissatisfaction, a radically polarized political spectrum and a news media hungry to turn everything into a controversy), compromises don't have the usual effect.

By Jena McGregor | September 16, 2010; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fenty: The danger of going with your gut

The lessons for leaders are too many to count: Fenty is a textbook case for the risks not only of using brash tactics, but having an insular staff, lacking a sense of urgency and thumbing your nose at...

By Jena McGregor | September 15, 2010; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (11)

Nokia's leadership overhaul

today, the company's chairman, Jorma Olilla, announced he would resign in 2012. Talk about a leadership overhaul. While Vanjoki's resignation may not have been part of a master plan, the company is clearly seeking new leadership to help rejuvenate the ailing giant.

By Jena McGregor | September 14, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

The great paradox of the great recession

According to President Obama's new chief economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, the jobless rate in the United States is likely to remain high for a long time. But there's one place where there are plenty of jobs open to fill, and that's the President's economic policy and financial regulatory team.

By Jena McGregor | September 13, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (8)

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