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Bobby Valentine; failed leadership?

This post originally appeared in the blog, Influence Without Authority.  It’s always dangerous to make direct business analogies from sports, but there are some useful things to learn from the firing of Bobby Valentine as Red Sox manager. First of all, it is quite common for the designated leader to either be over-blamed or over-praised…

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Make Sure The Pay Gap Becomes History

This week the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.  That’s the act that would have required organizations to demonstrate that any salary differences between men and women doing the same jobs are not gender-related.   Why would such an act even be necessary?  Don’t we already have the 1963 Equal Pay Act requiring that…

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When A Leader Overreaches: JFK’s Pyrrhic Victory Over U.S. Steel

By Professor James Hoopes: When do you pick a fight—and how? These are uncomfortable questions, yet ones leaders often face in high-stakes situations with competitors and rivals. My research on the interplay between business and political leaders shows that there are rarely easy answers. For example, the well-known story of President Kennedy’s 1962 clash with…

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“Giving Voice To Values” Curriculum Introduced At GMAC

I had the opportunity to share the new curriculum and pedagogical approach, “Giving Voice To Values” (GVV), at the Graduate Management Admission Council MBA Leadership Conference in Atlanta yesterday. I presented the rationale and origins of this curriculum to a packed room, and was followed by presentations from Emory University dean J.B. Kurish, Leadership Professor…

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