THE QUESTION

Instinct and collaboration

President Obama, who is said to be wary of "outsiders," is facing his first senior-staff shuffle, in which he'll lose two of his closest aides. Do you see such times of change -- for Obama and in your own experience -- as a positive or a negative? Does your success come come mostly from following your instincts and sticking to a tight-knit group of advisers, or from collaborating with a wide array of people?

Posted by Success Editors on October 4, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

A winning concept

I told the trustees 'You're right, we should not spend $10 million on a gym for five women to play basketball. Instead, let's spend $20 million on a destination venue for amateur athletics.' The bigger concept proved more compelling.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Shed ideas -- and grow

Change is not the problem; it's our resistance to change that causes problems.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on October 4, 2010 4:26 PM

Manage your molecule

Use your molecule protocol -- Obama does, apparently -- to keep your group of associates active, smart, loyal, trusting, and results-oriented.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on October 4, 2010 12:00 AM

Debate and diversity

Are leaders better off surrounding themselves with varied opinions or like-minded lieutenants? The outcome is clearly rooted in the leader's ability to maintain the support of the governed.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on October 4, 2010 12:00 AM

Debate v. decision

As a university president, my batting average for good decisions has improved as I've developed more confidence in the wisdom of a talented group of advisers.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on October 4, 2010 12:00 AM

Make or break

My experience is to find people with skill sets far in excess of my own and to try to be guided by their wisdom. This would be my advice for President Obama.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on October 4, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

nitellub: I think that President Obama is governed by two things in his decision making: 1. he trusts his instincts, for sure; but 2. he is fully awar...

Adam_Smith: The people President Obama relies upon for advice are anything but his friends. They are members of a Washington insider wolf pack that woul...

dnjake: Are Tim Geithner, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary Clinton, Jim Jones, Thomas Gates, and Larry Summers people whose primary distinction is being the Pr...

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