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Archive: Goal Setting

Bush and Zuckerberg: Leadership soul mates?

George W. Bush and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may not seem like they have a lot in common. One is a mid-60s former leader of the free world who famously called the Web "the Internets"; the other is a hoodie-wearing, twenty-something entrepreneur who runs one of the world's fastest growing technology companies.

By Jena McGregor | November 30, 2010; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's trouble: Setting expectations?

But once a leader gets elected, the calculus changes. Rather than driving expectations up, leaders have to send them down, and then beat them. Finding the right balance between setting goals to be held accountable for and not promising too much may just be the most formidable leadership challenge leaders face--and one that's proving especially difficult for Obama.

By Jena McGregor | November 15, 2010; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (8)

Does 'the first 100 days' concept really matter anymore?

In today's 24/7 news cycle, and with the country facing economic problems that require expedient and immediate change, a three-month grace period sounds about as archaic as FDR's fireside chats. If new elected leaders want to make an impact, they're going to have to act fast. And they're not going to get much forgiveness from a cable industry hungry for the first slip up or political gaffe.

By Jena McGregor | November 3, 2010; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rating BP's management shakeup

New BP CEO Robert Dudley has not even officially started in his new job, and already he's making big changes. The incoming leader, who takes over Friday as CEO of a company struggling with the aftermath of a record oil spill, is ousting entrenched leaders, restructuring the organization and reassessing how employees earn their pay.

By Jena McGregor | September 30, 2010; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (5)

Redskins: A lesson in low expectations

usiness teams, too, have a way of overlooking the possibility of their competitions' success. There's a whole genre of "disruptive innovators," a term coined by Harvard professor Clayton Christenson's work, in which companies get blindsided by unexpected competitors or new strategies of their opponents.

By Jena McGregor | September 27, 2010; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Speeding up Wall Street bonuses sends old message: Greed is good

Using the rationale that hurrying up bonuses is a not-to-be-missed opportunity, good leadership would also include changing established practice just to reap financial gain. Not to mention flouting authority and skirting the rules to meet your needs.

By Jena McGregor | August 30, 2010; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (16)

Netflix vacation policy is only the tip of a radical compensation iceberg

Operating under the idea that its engineers and professionals should be treated as adults, Netflix allows salaried employees to take as much vacation as they'd like.

By Jena McGregor | August 26, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (6)

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