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Crazy good: What it was like leading the Mars Curiosity rover landing team

Adam Steltzner wasn't a math nerd in high school. He passed geometry the second time with an F-plus. He played in a band, smoked pot and engaged in plenty of risk-taking activity -- climbing on roofs, biking down mountain roads, skateboarding in traffic. One night after graduating, while driving to play a gig with his band, he […]

Zappos says 18 percent of the company has left following its radical “no bosses” approach

A little less than a year ago, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made his employees a deal. If they couldn't get behind the online retailer's radical new management system called "holacracy" -- which doesn't have traditional managers or internal job titles -- he would give them at least three months' severance to leave. By May, the company […]

How to get something out of buying a Powerball ticket, even if you lose

A video emerged in the past few days that shows servers and chefs at a restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., bursting into shrieks of celebration after they thought they won Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. One worker reportedly quit right on the spot. It turns out in some rare, taunting twist of fate, however, that they were looking […]

How President Obama’s final State of the Union address compares to his first

They are not exactly bookends to his presidency. Two speeches, six years apart, one given just over a year into his presidency, another just over a year from its end. Two opportunities to look at the change and evolution of a president, a leader, a man:  President Obama's first -- and then his final -- State of the Union address. The two […]

The percentage of films directed by women is the same as it was in 1998

From Ricky Gervais' joking about the issue at the Golden Globes Sunday night to Jennifer Lawrence penning an essay on the topic recently, the gender gap for on-screen stars is having a moment. But the slow progress of women in the film...Show More Summary

Could legislation help boost women on boards?

For years, the statistics have been glacial and disheartening. The percentage of women in the board rooms of the largest U.S. companies has crept up from 15 percent in 2005 to about 20 percent a full decade later. To try and change that dynamic in Corporate America's halls of power, investors have pushed companies to disclose more about diversity and add more women […]

Inside HUD’s efforts to improve employee morale

Nani Coloretti is the deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), managing the day-to-day operations of an organization with a $45 billion annual budget and about 8,000 employees. Prior to joining HUD, Coloretti was the assistant secretary for management at the Department of the Treasury. Coloretti spoke about efforts to improve […]

George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

Welcome to the first episode of Presidential, a new podcast by The Washington Post. In 44 episodes, starting today and finishing right after election day in November, we'll examine the leadership and legacy of each of the American presidents. Show More Summary

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts made more than her male colleagues last year

There's one place at the pinnacle of Corporate America where the gender pay gap doesn't seem to be too much of a problem. The highest paid executive at Apple in 2015, according to a table in a recent company filing, wasn't CEO Tim Cook. It was Angela Ahrendts, the former CEO of Burberry Group and now Apple's senior vice […]

The gender wage gap isn’t just unfair. It could also be hurting women’s mental health.

Studies have long shown that women are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than men. And attempts have long been made to explain it, citing everything from biological differences to the challenges women disproportionately...Show More Summary

The decisions that shape a life — and a candidate

Of all the factors that shape a person's life -- the relationships they develop, the places they live, the family they are born to -- few things have more influence than the decisions they make. Choices carve out the path our lives take, pointing it in one direction or another with every one. Nowhere is this more true than with leaders -- or […]

It’s the most popular day of the year to job hunt. Get to it.

Looking for a job online today? You likely have plenty of company. For the past two years, the number of searches on the online job board Monster has skyrocketed on the first Wednesday in January. The careers site said that the number of searches on Monster tend to spike today more than any other day of the year -- reaching 70 percent […]

GM’s Mary Barra joins one very elite club

The biggest news out of General Motors Monday may have been its agreement to invest $500 million in Lyft, the ride-sharing competitor to Uber, signaling a new era of competition in the auto industry. But Chief Executive Mary Barra had her own big news Monday, adding the title of chairman to her already massive job leading the country's largest automaker. […]

Introducing the Presidential podcast

Welcome to Presidential, a new podcast by The Washington Post. In 44 episodes, starting Jan. 10 and finishing right after Election Day 2016, we'll examine the leadership and legacy of each of the American presidents. The podcast is hosted by Lillian Cunningham, editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section. Show More Summary

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s challenge to himself just might work

As New Year's resolutions go, this one will put your "clean out my inbox" or "lose 15 pounds" to shame. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page Sunday that his personal goal for 2016 "is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work," he wrote. Comparing it […]

Why it’s so hard to keep your professional New Year’s resolutions — and how to change that

It's that time of year when those resolutions march through -- exercise more, eat better, mind the finances. And too often they bend our will for a week or two and then, poof, are forgotten. The same is true for our lives at the office. Whether it's getting better organized on the job, not stopping every five […]

Nine leadership books to watch for in 2016

In a category crowded with formulaic promises, bad writing and warmed-over common sense, it's hard to know which books on the business book shelf are worth a look. To help you fill those new year's resolutions to lead smarter, work faster...Show More Summary

Why it’s a problem that CEOs have such big piles of unused vacation pay

As we say goodbye to 2015, many employees are using up their final vacation days of the year. That's especially true for employees whose workplaces have a "use it or lose it" policy, and don't allow staffers to roll over their days to the following year. But at those companies that do let employees carry over much or all of their […]

The SpaceX Falcon rocket video is amazing for the landing — and the explosive celebration by Elon Musk’s employees

Much has been made of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's seemingly super-human work ethic, his 80- to 100-hour work weeks, his relentless pursuit of his uncommon ambition. A recent biography reported an unflattering anecdote about his response to an employee missing an event for a child's birth -- a story Musk has denied -- as well as that he once said if he could […]

The head of the Gates Foundation on combatting ‘CEO disease’

Sue Desmond-Hellmann has worn many hats over the course of her career. She's the rare executive who's spent time in private practice, worked for two major U.S. pharmaceutical corporations, served as chancellor of a top university, and now, helmed the world's largest private foundation. Show More Summary

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