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Dior to fire John Galliano over anti-Semitic remarks

While this approach may work well when the designer is loved and adored, it will only backfire if he or she does something as scandalous as what Galliano is alleged to have done. The designer becomes inextricably tied to the brand's success, making him or her that much harder to replace. And the same image-conscious celebrities who helped promote the label could begin to shun it, prompting the style-obsessed masses to do so too.

By Jena McGregor | March 1, 2011; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (47)

Florida Gators' coach Urban Meyer calls it quits--right?

I highly doubt Florida will have been Meyer's last coaching gig, or that it'll take him long to find his next one. But the pressure cooker that is any top leadership job is indeed stressful enough for one to want some time off to spend with the people they love but never see.

By Jena McGregor | December 9, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (32)

Pfizer's CEO resignation: Fatigue sets in

But with such a cult of celebrity built up around top leaders--not to mention the rich compensation they receive--it's easy to see why they get involved in doing so much more. Maybe if CEOs were paid in more equitable terms, they wouldn't feel as much of an obligation to work the inhuman hours and keep up with the insane travel schedules that they, their companies and their shareholders seem to believe will help justify the riches they earn.

By Jena McGregor | December 6, 2010; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

The softer side of 'Rahmbo' Emanuel?

Kissing too many babies and sitting around too many photo-op friendly kitchen tables may not look authentic, and no matter how much of a buzzword that may be, it really does matter.

By Jena McGregor | October 4, 2010; 10:56 PM ET | Comments (21)

Why the pay gap persists

The incredible persistence of the wage gap is a complex issue, one that involves all of the above issues in some way. But I'd argue that until leaders truly adopt family-friendly policies and workplaces--much progress has been made, but more is needed--and until more is done to support working mothers with greater childcare resources, the wage gap isn't likely to budge much more.

By Jena McGregor | September 28, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (49)

HP's Hurd: Other execs have his back

The belief that Hurd should still be CEO is a reminder that for many executives, performance trumps all. Hurd's reputation as an operations whiz--the company posted yet another strong quarter today, with an 11% jump in revenues and 6% boost in profits--is unlikely to diminish much in the eyes of his peers, no matter how many dinners he had with an actress/"marketing contractor" or how many expense reports he incorrectly filed.

By Jena McGregor | August 18, 2010; 09:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

 
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