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Archive: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Weekend Reads: The gurus grade Obama

Would President Barack Obama pass a leadership class at a top business school? Yes, but he wouldn't get an A.

By Jena McGregor | October 29, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

the Democrats get the bloodbath that's expected, women could lose seats in national office for the first time in 30 years, reports the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Which leads to the question: Is Sarah Palin good for women in government?

By Jena McGregor | October 29, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (148)

Bad move for Obama to go on Daily Show?

And while it's two years before the next presidential election, Obama seemed to be campaigning for himself rather than the members of Congress who'll be elected next week. Despite some kind words for a few members of his party, Obama felt more candidate than leader, the savviest of which would have used humor to turn the conversation around and try to deflate the kind of anger and furor the country is gripped with these days.

By Jena McGregor | October 28, 2010; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (35)

Caprio: The final death knell of political civility?

The apex of this biennial bout of incivility was reached Monday--though with six more days until the election, it may yet be topped--when Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio said President Obama could take his endorsement and "shove it." Or actually, his lack of one. Caprio, the White House maintains, asked for an endorsement, but Obama chose not to give one to any of the candidates, out of respect to Caprio's independent opponent Lincoln Chafee, who has supported Obama in the past.

By Jena McGregor | October 27, 2010; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (18)

What Warren got right

What Warren got right isn't necessarily the pick. It's the approach. For one, he's actually naming someone before he gets too old or too infirm to carry out the job. That may seem obvious, but so many companies don't get the simplest of all succession rules down. All too often, succession planning is something that happens after lightning strikes--be it performance woes, an embarrassing boardroom scandal or an unexpected illness or death.

By Jena McGregor | October 26, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Wikileaks' Julian Assange: When the leader becomes the story

By walking out on the CNN interview with Ms. Shubert, he promises to bring even greater attention to himself rather than the Iraq war documents to which his organization is trying to bring so much attention. Even if questions about his personal life weren't germane to the interview (and given his accusations against the U.S. government, they are), Ms. Shubert's questions about whether or not he is eclipsing the Wikileaks revelations were fair. A leader's job is to promote and defend the organization's work, yes. But that is best done behind the scenes rather than by making one themselves.

By Jena McGregor | October 25, 2010; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (67)

 
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