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Archive: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Poor, poor Zuckerberg

I don't believe in the idea that all publicity is good publicity. And maybe I'll change my mind after I view the film and see just how scathing the portrait of Zuckerberg is. But I think people are more forgiving of leaders than we think, and very little can get in the way of a cultural phenomenon like Facebook.

By Jena McGregor | September 23, 2010; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama's team of rivals: An asset turned liability?

When President Obama named Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state soon after winning the election, Washington pundits and press cheered the incoming president for his willingness to put together a "team of rivals." Doris Kearns Goodwin, the author...

By Jena McGregor | September 23, 2010; 12:37 AM ET | Comments (3)

Why a CEO shouldn't run the NEC

The temptation to send a signal when filling such an important leadership role is a risky one. One sees it all the time: rather than simply picking the best person for a job, leaders make political decisions on who will ruffle the fewest feathers or send the right message to their employees, their investors or their constituents.

By Jena McGregor | September 22, 2010; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (2)

The accidental managers

For those who've managed to keep a job through the crisis, the economic woes have meant a veritable pile-on of extra work, responsibilities and stress. Some see that as an opportunity. But plenty of others are quietly reeling from their vast new burdens and silently seething over their heavier loads.

By Jena McGregor | September 21, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (4)

HP and its CEO woes

After years of management intrigue from outside leaders, whether the overreaching by Carly Fiorina or the expense account imbroglio of recently departed Mark Hurd, the grandfather of Silicon Valley desperately needs one of its own in charge. Not only does the company need to show that it can still produce good leaders; it needs some continuity in its culture, strategy and leadership after too much turmoil at the top.

By Jena McGregor | September 20, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

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