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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)

Should President Obama shake up his staff?

In my many conversations with leaders, I have often asked what they wish they'd done differently, or what mistake they considered their greatest. Few things come up more often than that they wished they'd moved faster on personnel decisions, and made the hard call to fire someone who wasn't working out as planned.

By Jena McGregor | September 7, 2010; 10:59 PM ET | Comments (20)

Can Anyone Really Run This Place?

No matter how much we like to turn our presidents and global CEOs into celebrities, no matter how much we prefer to reward heros and identify victims when large systems succeed or fail, and of course, no matter how powerful and transformative a good leader can be, there is a limit to what one person can do. But the answer is...

By Jena McGregor | September 2, 2010; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (65)

With Apple TV, Jobs speaks to the masses

If Steve Jobs doesn't create more products that appeal to Apple's tremendous mainstream fan base, the company's breathtaking growth could stall.

By Jena McGregor | September 2, 2010; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (26)

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)

Paranoia may have helped Lisa Murkowski

Overconfidence is a natural affliction of existing leaders. Those already in power believe they can win on their records, and that voters have better memories than they really do. They are fooled by their own success, overly assured about their position, and fall victim to that unfortunate byproduct of power: hubris.

By Jena McGregor | August 25, 2010; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (10)

Weekend reads, The judgment edition

In honor of new Supreme Court justice-to-be Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation and the big ruling by Judge Vaughn Walker that Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, violates the constitutional right to equal protection, Weekend Reads takes on the mushy topic of judgment.

By Jena McGregor | August 6, 2010; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Weekend Reads: The refudiate edition

Sarah Palin may not be Shakespeare, but neither are most CEOs and leaders today. While they may not revel in their language creation, most are painfully unaware of the opaque, vague and completely cringe-inducing corporatese they use every day.

By Jena McGregor | July 22, 2010; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

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