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Faulty Fenty

The leadership lesson from Fenty's reign is obvious: Isolating yourself from the people and listening to advisers whose interests are not aligned with your vision can jeopardize your career.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | August 30, 2010; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Respected, not beloved

Someone who wants the word "beloved" to appear in stories next to his or her name should consider work as a pastor or preschool principal. Effective leaders are rarely beloved; what we must achieve is respect.

By Patricia McGuire | August 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Balance is best

Adrian Fenty, Barack Obama, George W. Bush: All illustrate the point that our weaknesses are merely strengths overdone, misapplied or misunderstood.

By Hile Rutledge | August 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Flights of fancy

Sorry, I don't buy that this was totally an unexpected meltdown.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | August 16, 2010; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Circumstantial insanity

Slater is more lunatic than hero. It's only because people are losing their jobs and frustrated that the word "hero" has shown up in the media. Any time you exit your public ranting episode by using an inflatable slide, your professionalism flies out the door.

By Garrison Wynn | August 16, 2010; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

JetBlue's Rorschach test

I can't help but see the reaction to Slater's rebellion as a marker of our collective professional insecurity and the perceived diminishment of our personal power.

By Hile Rutledge | August 16, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Getting a grip

We live and work in an extraordinary Age of Rudeness. We have to learn how to get a grip and hold on fast. If we can't do that, we need to consider other lines of work.

By Patricia McGuire | August 16, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

The guy's a lout

Such behavior goes against our societal values and individual sensibilities. There is nothing to admire about this abhorrent behavior.

By Jan Scruggs | August 15, 2010; 07:25 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jumping the gun

When the big day came, it was a mess. By the end, the group was angrier and further away from team cohesion and change than they had been before the event. I had been a disaster.

By Hile Rutledge | July 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


Mistakes are part and parcel of leadership and human endeavor. Rather than avoid them, strive for continuous improvement and know that blemishes are part of the process.

By Seth Kahan | July 26, 2010; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (5)

Don't rush to judgment

I think I've seen about 10 times more coverage of the Sherrod dustup than I have of a nuclear armed nation in Asia that is threatening to use atomic weapons in the next week or so.

By Jan Scruggs | July 26, 2010; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (6)

A textbook case

It boggles the mind that nobody in Vilsack's office called Sherrod and asked for her side of the story. She was tarred, feathered, and fired without a hearing.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | July 26, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Original sin

Vilsack reversed his firing, Obama called Sherrod to apologize, and even Breitbart and O'Reilly muttered some words. They're like schoolkids called to task by the nuns. Yeah, sorry... until next time!

By Patricia McGuire | July 26, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Mr. Clean's smudge

Despite our claims to puritanical values, America loves a good sex scandal -- so much so that we keep demanding more news about the private lives of public people.

By Patricia McGuire | July 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Legacy is intact

Now the masseuse has gone to the tabloids calling Gore a "sick man" and "a crazed sex poodle." Good grief.

By Jan Scruggs | July 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Addictive behavior

Face it. Sex sells, but it's often politically survivable. Some politicians are guilty and some are not, but the story is good even if the accuser is just a nutcase seeking primetime attention.

By Garrison Wynn | July 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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