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Archive: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Google: Rekindling that start-up mojo

When a founder returns to the helm, one thing is usually behind it: The company has become too big or too bureaucratic, and it's looking to rekindle some of that start-up magic. Google has said as much. In its announcement, Schmidt said the company was looking to make its management more nimble, a hallmark of entrepreneurial cultures.

By Jena McGregor | January 21, 2011; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Health care 'repeal and replace': Wrong order?

Whatever you may think of the health care reform law--and even many supporters lament that it is flawed--it's a start to a deeply problematic systemic issue our country must face one way or another. Most would agree it needs amending in some fashion. And perhaps it's problematic enough that an entirely new piece of legislation would make sense. But leaders who want to improve upon it would do better to suggest alternatives first, and then work to overturn the problems later.

By Jena McGregor | January 20, 2011; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (53)

The 'dish' Boehner will miss

A leader at Boehner's level should actually want to take every opportunity to present a unified front to other countries--no matter how much we may disagree with some of their practices and policies--and to improve relations with someone who leads a country fast becoming this nation's largest global rival. Yes, Boehner is meeting with President Jintao later this week. But a social setting like Wednesday night's event offers unique opportunities for leaders to find commonalities, get to know each other as people and engage in additional dialogue. And the only way to grab them is to be there.

By Jena McGregor | January 19, 2011; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (211)

Behind the curtain: Besides Jobs, Apple's other leaders

Taken together, the top brass at Apple is likely to keep the company humming during Jobs' absence and manage the company quite well, at least in the short term. Over the long haul, however, many Apple observers question whether any of these leaders has the same capacity to inspire the sort of game-changing technology and design feats for which Jobs is so well known.

By Jena McGregor | January 18, 2011; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (5)

Revealing Apple's succession plan?

In a sense, this debate--should Apple reject the pension fund's proposal to make succession plans public--is similar to the bigger one, on whether or not the company should share more about Jobs' health condition. Jobs' right to medical privacy matters, just as the company's right to keep its succession plan private is one worth protecting.

By Jena McGregor | January 18, 2011; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Jobs' medical leave creates uncertainty for Apple, investors

Of course, I wish Jobs a speedy recovery, and do believe in a certain amount of respect for privacy as a family goes through an illness. But I also believe leaders have a responsibility to share as much information as possible, even if that means giving up some of their own privacy. That's especially true at a company where one person is so central--whether in reality or in perception--to the company's future.

By Jena McGregor | January 17, 2011; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (5)

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