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Archive: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Kaya Henderson: The new and improved Rhee?

If ever there was an example that shows why management style should get more weight, it's Michelle Rhee. Consider the transfer of power from Rhee to Kaya Henderson, who will be interim schools chancellor but is also considered a potential permanent replacement. Not only did Henderson, like Rhee, get her start with Teach for America and work with Rhee for her New Teacher Project organization, she was an implementer of Rhee's strategies for reform in D.C. She calls Rhee her "friend, partner, mentor."

By Jena McGregor | October 15, 2010; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (8)

Where Rhee went wrong

Now that the dust has settled on the news of her departure, Rhee's tenure has plenty to teach leaders about managing change. While the views on Rhee's record are decidedly mixed, even supporters are likely to agree she violated one of the fundamental rules of change management: Rhee was never really able to enlist support from the people--namely teachers and parents--who would ultimately implement the changes she hoped to instill.

By Jena McGregor | October 13, 2010; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (84)

Luis Urzua: Chile's underground leader

That's as good a time as any to reflect upon the extraordinary leadership that's been on display amid this harrowing crisis.

By Jena McGregor | October 12, 2010; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Wall Street's record-breaking paystubs: Pay for performance? Really?

Someday, hopefully, the financial industry will recognize that while a meritocracy matters, too much focus on rewarding supposed talent will keep creating as many risks as it does rewards.

By Jena McGregor | October 12, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (14)

Paying top dollar to snag a star performer? Big mistake

For years, companies--and Wall Street, especially--have been able to explain away outsized pay by saying it was the only way to attract the people it needed to perform at its best. Groysberg punches a big hole in that argument. Too bad banks like Wells Fargo and UBS didn't know it was there.

By Jena McGregor | October 11, 2010; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (11)

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