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Survey: More than half of Americans think Trump’s decision-making will be too ‘impulsive’

During last year's darkly divisive campaign, as candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to punch a protester in the face and told a cable news host "I have to" hit back when hit against, poll after poll showed that voters were concerned about his temperament. Now a new Pew Research Center survey has asked whether Americans think President-elect Trump will be […]

What Obama’s address has in common with memorable farewells from past presidents

With President Obama's final speech to the nation Tuesday night in Chicago, he faced a unique challenge unlike any modern president that came before him: How to give the milestone farewell address, one that typically touts a president's...Show More Summary

What presidential scholars say we might hear in Obama’s farewell address

When President Obama addresses the country Tuesday night in Chicago, the place where he launched his political career, presidential scholars say he will face a unique moment, unlike perhaps any modern president before him: He will be giving this milestone address just as his signature legislative achievement is threatened to be undone. Show More Summary

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who shepherded Obamacare, talks about its uncertain future

As secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the past two and a half years, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has overseen the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration and a wide range of social services from Head Start to family assistance programs. In a conversation with Tom Fox, […]

What to expect at work in 2017

Like so many things for the year ahead, many changes coming to the workplace are surrounded by questions. If Congress repeals or replaces the Affordable Care Act, what will that mean for employee health insurance? Will companies still have to publish the potentially embarrassing CEO-to-worker pay ratio, or will that part of the Dodd-Frank act be repealed, too? Will my […]

Trump’s secretary of state pick will receive nest egg worth $180 million, placed in a trust

Exxon Mobil's board of directors has an answer to the nine-figure question about how it will handle the stock due to its outgoing chief executive, Rex Tillerson, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of state. Show More Summary

Before reversing course, House Republicans ignored the power of first impressions

If you want to send a message, the first one is the most crucial. House Republicans appeared to forget this simple notion about the power of first impressions when they moved to rein in the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) created eight years ago -- at least until they reversed course on Tuesday and decided to back off […]

A Japanese CEO resigned after an employee’s ‘death by overwork.’ Why it won’t be enough.

On Wednesday, a Japanese chief executive made a laudable move that would be stunning to many American employees if their CEO did the same. Tadashi Ishii, the chief executive of Dentsu, Japan's largest advertising agency, said he would resign in January to take responsibility for alleged violations of Japanese labor law following the suicide by a young employee late […]

When telling the truth is actually dishonest

In the taxonomy of deception, many believe that the worst kind of lie is one of "commission" -- intentionally misleading someone by knowingly making a false statement. But another common type of deception -- one many have witnessed but probably didn't know what to call -- may be viewed just as badly. "Paltering," or the […]

Even on this, America is divided: Was Cinnabon’s Carrie Fisher tweet offensive?

When companies try to capitalize on events in the news with their social media accounts, it can lead to some, well, sticky situations. A couple of years ago, DiGiorno Pizza inadvertently used a hashtag meant to share women's domestic violence stories to promote pizza. American Apparel apologized after an employee tweeted a photo of the Challenger space […]

10 books on leadership to read in 2017

After an utterly dark and divisive year of political leadership, people will surely be looking for fresh professional inspiration in 2017: books that help us stick to our resolutions at work, that offer surprising and uplifting stories from other leaders, that provide lessons from history about consequential leaders, and books that simply give us ideas […]

Dealing with employee unease during the presidential transition

As often happens during presidential transitions, some civil servants experience a great deal of anxiety, presenting a management challenge for career leaders. Since the presidential election in November, the questions coming to career federal leaders from employees have been fast and furious. What promises will the president-elect act on? What will happen to my program? […]

How ‘busyness’ became a bona fide status symbol

It's the most hyper-busy time of the year. Holiday shopping, hosting and travel preparations. Year-end financial moves. A mountain of work to finish before using up any final vacation days. For once, the all too common "I'm just so busy" gripe feels like a legitimate complaint. But most of the year, it has taken on the feel of an overused humblebrag, a self-deprecating […]

Women and minorities could be missing from the Cabinet’s ‘big four’ jobs for the first time since 1993

Now that Donald Trump has named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his pick for secretary of state, the transition has reached a milestone of sorts. Nominations for the most prized jobs in the Cabinet -- the people who lead the Departments of State, Defense, Justice and the Treasury -- are all in place, filling what have come […]

Morale for federal works is (surprise!) on the upswing

Donald Trump promised a hiring freeze among federal workers and repeatedly referred to Washington as the "swamp" he wants to drain. At one point during the campaign he said the Department of Education "can be largely eliminated" and named a man to run the Energy Department who once vowed to abolish it. His transition team has […]

The $188 million question about ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson joining Trump’s cabinet

Donald Trump's transition team announced Tuesday that ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson would be its pick for secretary of state, adding another multimillionaire business leader to the president-elect's cabinet, which already counts several billionaires among its ranks and is shaping up to be the wealthiest in modern American history. Show More Summary

He was minutes from retirement. But first, he blasted his bosses in a company-wide email.

After 35 years on the job, Michael Stuban was minutes away from retiring from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Only one thing stood in his way: Emailing his exit questionanaire to the human resources department. Stuban had already decided to use the questionnaire to get a few things off his chest, penning a brutally frank assessment […]

Brick by brick: The man who rebuilt the house of Lego shares his leadership secrets

"President Business" he's not. Lego's current chief executive, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, bears little resemblance to the uptight 'Lego Movie' CEO character whose alter ego is a villainous tyrant. He was once a kindergarten teacher. He talks about the importance of executives bringing their "heart" to making tough decisions. Employees made him a Lego mini figure in […]

CIA deputy’s management mantra: ‘No jerks, no whiners, no peacocks’

David S. Cohen was sworn in as the deputy director of the CIA in February 2015 after spending six years at the Treasury Department handling terrorism, financial intelligence and financial crime issues. In a conversation with Tom Fox, Cohen discussed his adjustment to the CIA, his leadership style, the issues that keep him up at […]

Ikea pushes retail into the race to expand paid leave

Sweden is well known for its generosity when it comes to paid family leave, granting new moms and dads a jaw-dropping 480 days of parental leave. But until now, U.S. workers at one of the country's best-known brands, Ikea, got relatively little time off when a new child was added to the family. That's set to change in January when […]

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