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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, on picking what to fund

In his profiles on social media, Paul Allen describes himself as a “philanthropist, investor, entrepreneur, Seahawks and Blazers team owner, guitarist, neuroscience supporter, space pioneer & Microsoft co-founder.” The order is significant. Show More Summary

Outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on cautiousness and decision-making

As the end of his term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff draws near, Martin Dempsey has faced the usual reviews of his career and reflective questions about his legacy. Back in May, the Wall Street Journal published an article saying his would be "a legacy of caution," citing as examples Dempsey's push to have Iraqis do more for […]

Federal leaders, you still need to prepare for a possible government shutdown

First we hear that the government will shut down, and it’s almost a certainty. Then word comes that House Speaker John Boehner is resigning and the shutdown may be avoided, but no one can be 100 percent sure. While federal employees have no choice but to wait and see what happens, senior leaders can and […]

Does John Boehner’s resignation help the GOP or the greater good?

Many have wondered what impact Pope Francis's speech Thursday would actually have on Congress, if any. We may now have at least one answer. The stunning announcement Friday by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he will resign at the end of October was inspired by the Pope's message, some are reporting. Show More Summary

Novartis CEO talks about drug costs, paying doctors and ‘doing the right thing’

As stories of jacked-up drug costs make news, and discussions of health-care reform pepper the campaign trail, Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez sat down with The Washington Post to talk about how he views his responsibility as leader of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Jimenez, 59, spent his early career working in the consumer packaged goods industry at […]

Outgoing Volkswagen CEO’s exit package could top $67 million

Martin Winterkorn, faced with the company's widening crisis over its rigging of emissions tests, announced his resignation as CEO of Volkswagen Group Wednesday. He is likely to leave with a pension valued around $32 million, and possibly with many millions more, depending on what the board decides regarding his severance payment. Show More Summary

How Pope Francis defines a good political leader

Pope Francis's moving and historic speech to Congress on Thursday had plenty of calls for action and words of advice for the lawmakers he was addressing. He spoke of their responsibilities: "to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation." He spoke about their duty: "you are called to defend and preserve the […]

The absolutely massive challenge ahead for Volkswagen’s next CEO

As CEO resignations go, this one didn't come as much of a surprise. On Wednesday, Volkswagen Group announced that its embattled chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, would be stepping down. The news followed the German car giant's admission that it had cheated on U.S. emissions tests, leading the company to take a 6.5 billion euro charge to cover losses and say that […]

The rise of the chief information officer

For many people, mention of the IT department still conjures images of dark cubicles and Dilbert comic strips, a place staffed with mysterious geeks who feel much more at home with gadgetry than people. But as the importance of technical knowledge becomes more integral to everyday business operations, something is changing. The role of the […]

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan gets to keep his job as chairman

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan can breathe a sigh of relief: He gets to keep his job as chairman. At a highly anticipated special meeting Tuesday morning, shareholders of the bank voted in favor of a proposal by the board to ratify the company's bylaws. They were changed last year to give Bank of America's board the discretion […]

PwC to help employees pay back their student loans

There could be a new front in the perks arms race that Corporate America’s most generous companies have been waging to compete for talent. After unlimited vacation time and expanded parental leave, could helping to pay down student loan debt be next? Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the global consulting and accounting firm, announced Tuesday it will begin helping […]

Good people make good leaders

Fred Kiel, author of Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, conducted a seven-year study of more than 100 CEOs, their companies and 8,500 of their employees. What he found was that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the return on assets as did leaders of weak character. Kiel discussed […]

Six things you should read to understand Pope Francis

Type the words "Pope Francis" and "leadership" into your favorite search engine and it's pretty remarkable how much you'll find. Essays analyzing his leadership style and rundowns of his inspirational quotes. Articles comparing Donald Trump's and Pope Francis's approach to power. List after list after list after list of the leadership lessons we can learn from the popular […]

Should CEOs hold the chairman’s role? A vote facing Bank of America reignites the divide

Last October, Bank of America's board gave CEO Brian Moynihan another hat to wear, naming him chairman of the company's board. But this was no ordinary crowning of a CEO as the board's leader. Back in 2009, as the financial crisis raged, a majority of Bank of America shareholders voted to separate the company's top two leadership roles, stripping then-CEO […]

Senate squashes big raises for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

If the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had big plans for spending the more than six-fold pay raises they got back in July, they may want to reconsider. On Tuesday, the Senate voted unanimously to approve a bill that would suspend the CEOs' new annual target compensation of $4 million each, capping their pay again at $600,000. In doing so, […]

There has been no significant progress toward equal pay in seven years

New data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show a very slim closing of the gender wage gap. The median women's earnings were 79 percent of men's in 2014, up ever so slightly from 78 percent in 2013. That change is not statistically significant, the Census Bureau said. In fact, not since 2007 has there been any […]

Business school professors give national paid leave policy a top grade

A leading Democratic proposal for a national required paid leave policy is getting some unlikely supporters: Business school professors who teach the future corporate leaders of the world. More than 200 faculty members, many of whom work at the country's most elite business schools, signed a letter of support for the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The […]

Holding college leaders accountable

Bowling industry management. Health records administration. International tourism. These are real, four-year majors at colleges today—and just a few of the growing number of professional-oriented degrees that schools have rolled out as they try to appease the concerns of students and their parents about future job prospects. Show More Summary

The best time of day to take a break

For most people, mid-morning is one of the busiest parts of the workday. Those 10 o'clock and 11 o'clock hours come after we've caffeinated ourselves, waded through morning email, caught up with colleagues and read up on the day's news. It's when meetings are held, our brains seem to function best and the real work of the day begins. But […]

Managing employees who are older and have more experience

You’ve been promoted at a relatively young age and now manage a group of employees, almost all of whom are older than you. How do you handle this situation, especially if some of the employees believe they deserved the job and are resentful, and others are not particularly overjoyed about taking direction from someone who […]

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