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Archive: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

The weight of Panetta's words

Panetta was right about one thing in his committee testimony. Even the best intelligence can't get you inside another leader's mind. "Our biggest problem is always: How do we get into the head of somebody?" he told members of Congress. Likewise, we won't know what it was in Panetta's head--excitement that a change could be coming, cold hard intelligence that turned out to be wrong or mere reiteration of media reports, as his aides say--that prompted him to make a statement that instantly set up expectations around the world.

By Jena McGregor | February 11, 2011; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (35)

CPAC: Plenty of likely candidates, but what about real leaders?

Granted, being first out of the gate may mean a candidate is a little more vulnerable. It may mean the message isn't fully focus grouped and straw polled. And it may mean the talking points still need some fine-tuning by party operatives. Call me naive, but if they're declaring their candidacy early because they truly believe they have something to contribute, it also means they're a leader, in every sense of the word.

By Jena McGregor | February 10, 2011; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (11)

Google in Egypt: Can companies limit employee activism?

he Google executive, as Ghonim is known, is based in Dubai and is a marketing manager for the search-engine giant in the region. But he has also been one of a small group of people behind the Facebook campaign that helped to spark the massive protests calling for the president's ouster.

By Jena McGregor | February 9, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (17)

Quotas for a 'prettier' corporate board?

Should companies be forced to put women in leadership roles? It may seem like regulatory anathema to U.S. businesses, but it's not unheard of in Europe.

By Jena McGregor | February 8, 2011; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (24)

Can Arianna Huffington hold onto that founder's drive?

What may be the more interesting question is how this deal will play out for Huffington. She'll end up far richer, of course. But will she be able to retain the sense of urgency and entrepreneurial zeal that got her site where it is now?

By Jena McGregor | February 7, 2011; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (24)

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