IT’S LEADERSHIP, STUPID… Five Things that will Make a Difference in our Current National Struggle

In 1998, Northwest Airlines endured a strike by its pilots, who were members of the Airline Pilots Association. One day while transiting the Memphis airport, I asked one of the picketing pilots what the strike was all about. After ascertaining that I was not a reporter, he gave me his view on ...

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Discretionary Effort: Why Wisconsin’s Governor (and Yours) May be Playing a Losing Game

Having already wrung needed and significant concessions from them, the newly elected Governor of Wisconsin has been making a rather poorly disguised effort to nullify the collective bargaining agreements and rights of various groups of state workers, principally teachers. As with nearly every ...

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Last Rites For GM?

This morning, President Obama did what GM’s board should have done years ago by effectively administering last rites to the ailing automaker, at least in its current incarnation. The move brought howls from the likes of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (r-TN) and a host of others about the federal ...

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Employee Engagement (and Business Outcomes) Depend on Tough Love

In today’s NY Times, Tom Friedman wrote a compelling piece “Start Up the Risk-Takers” in which he advocates that, “when it comes to helping companies, precious public money should focus on start-ups, not bailouts.” (e.g., GM, Chrysler). As is often the case, Mr. Friedman is on point, both about ...

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