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Archive: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

The First Amendment never protected your job

If you stop and think about it, countless other companies would do the same thing, which means invoking the First Amendment rationale here simply makes no sense. The First Amendment prohibits laws from being passed that inhibit speech. It does not, however, necessarily protect your job--and does not require businesses or nonprofits to keep people employed, no matter what they say.

By Jena McGregor | October 22, 2010; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (378)

The Tribune Co.'s leadership fiasco

A company ridden with as much debt as Tribune Co., which became the largest media company in history to file for bankruptcy, needs a decisive leader to get it out of its current morass. Four leaders, even if it's just temporary, could hurt the company more than they help.

By Jena McGregor | October 21, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Why BP's new bonus plan won't work

n an email, Dudley told employees that fourth-quarter bonuses would be based solely on the company's safety record, including "reducing operational risks" and "excellent safety and compliance standards." While existing bonus performance metrics would be honored for the first nine months of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports, safety will be the only measure for the fourth quarter. The problem? It won't work.

By Jena McGregor | October 20, 2010; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

The hubris of Steve Jobs

I'm all for CEOs being a little more candid when it comes to discussing their competition. Some go out of their way to avoid even saying their rivals' names on the record (which can sound ridiculous), much less openly criticizing them. But there is such a thing as too much hubris--even for a company with results as stellar as Apple's--and a healthy respect for competitors should be something in every leader's lexicon. Most at least pretend they have it.

By Jena McGregor | October 19, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (23)

The Dems, the White House and the foreclosure divide

While debates between the executive and legislative branches are part of the political system, even within the same party, their opposition at such a critical political moment is an interesting view into the risks of not presenting a united front.

By Jena McGregor | October 18, 2010; 9:37 PM ET | Comments (7)

Goldman's new outsider

The most interesting move may be Goldman's hiring of Bess Joffe to be its new vice president of investor relations. Joffe, an attorney who worked for Hermes Equity Ownership Services until she was hired by Goldman recently, has been an advocate for better boards and improved pay and leadership practices, and her hiring was cheered by governance gurus like Charles Elson...

By Jena McGregor | October 18, 2010; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

 
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