Archive: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

A Pause to Reflect

So, the only hope for those free-market champions in lower Manhattan is an unprecedented government bailout. A taxpayer bailout. Welfare for suits. If you're looking for a leadership barometer, look at the stock market. When the public realized that these...

By Scott Berinato | September 19, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are You a Manager -- or a Leader?

Leadership talent -- you either have it or you don't, right? Wrong. You can acquire and strengthen leadership skills. But first, understand how they differ from management skills. Management is all about bringing order and predictability so an organization can...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 19, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Wall Street Chaos

"It's heavy, heavy, heavy," said Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), talking about the deepening financial crisis, specifically the government takeover of insurer AIG, a company no one knew was in trouble before last Friday. This marks the third time the...

By Scott Berinato | September 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

To Retain Your Best People, Give Them Work They Love

Retaining star performers is tougher than ever. To keep them, give them responsibilities that satisfy their deeply embedded life interests--their long-held passions for specific activities. There are eight basic interests, including theory development and conceptual thinking, counseling and mentoring, and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 18, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

What Really Makes a Leader Successful?

Tapping the right individuals for leadership positions is an essential executive task. But often the wrong people are selected. That's because many hiring executives overvalue certain attributes (raw ambition, operational proficiency) while undervaluing others (ability to inspire, willingness to take...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 17, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

How to Hire Now -- Without Firing Later

Up to 50 percent of all executive hires end in firing or resignation. Why? Success today depends increasingly on intangible competencies--like teamwork and cross-cultural literacy--rarely found on resumes. To sweeten the odds of hiring leaders who'll deliver as promised for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 16, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Financial Industry Meltdown

The worst flight I've endured lasted about 30 minutes but felt like 30 days. It was from Chicago to Madison, Wis., in the dead of winter, on a specific brand of prop jet which, in the weeks before, in other...

By Scott Berinato | September 15, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

So You Want to Be CEO

Of designated CEO successors hired externally, 75 percent never make it to the corner office. Among those who do, most don't last more than two years. If you're an aspiring CEO, you can beat those odds--by mastering the unique skills...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 15, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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