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Mergers Mean Mastering High-Stakes Change; Four Emotional Triggers Leaders Must Pull

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:49 PM

After a long, dry spell, mergers and acquisitions activity is heating up. American Airlines and US Airways want to combine to become the world's largest airline. Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital are buying out H.J. Heinz for $28 billion. And Liberty Global, media magnate John C. Malone's company, is set...

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Building a Winning Top Team: Lessons From Obama's Cabinet Picks

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 9:10 AM

The beginning of President Obama's second term seems an appropriate time to look at what makes a winning top team. Four years ago, he conceived of his Cabinet as a "team of rivals," taking his inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling biography of Abraham Lincoln. Just as Lincoln appointed former...

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Memo to Congress: Kick the Bad Habits in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 12:19 PM

The 113th Congress was sworn in this week, adding 12 new senators and 67 new representatives. A fresh start is desperately needed.

A year from now will anything be different in Washington? Or will the same political gridlock caused by dysfunctional behaviors prevail?

It all depends on whether...

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Outsider or Insider CEO: Why Yahoo and Citigroup Leaders Have Different Success Odds

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:41 PM

It's a busy time for two of our newest business leaders. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently held her first earnings call. Citigroup's Michael Corbat has completed his first month on the job. Both CEOs face substantial challenges in transforming their companies and setting them on a profitable path....

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