It`s all about leadership

Wash Post Q: NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to two years of probation for his gun-fueled locker room confrontation with a teammate. Why do so many hugely talented stars — athletes, actors, politicians — work hard to achieve success and then behave in ways that jeopardize their careers? Are they arrogant? Stupid? Oblivious? Just as my fellow columnist Patricia McGuire Read More >

Resistance to Change

Wash Post Q: Women calling the plays? Natalie Randolph has just been hired as the varsity football coach at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., which may make her the only female head coach in the country. What will be the obstacles to her success and how should she try to overcome them? Can you imagine a day when a Read More >

Go the Extra Mile (Without Putting in Extra Hours)

Nobody likes to be micromanaged, right? Yet, so many of us expect to be trusted without proving we deserve the reigns. Traditional leadership training preaches that good managers should set clear expectations for employees. Many experts even suggest creating detailed checklists of specific tasks direct reports are expected to accomplish – with firm deadlines. While I agree that good managers Read More >

Focus, Focus, Focus

Wash Post Q: Was Desiree Rogers too interested in the spotlight to be successful as White House social secretary? Do some jobs require more discretion and less acclaim? Will Julianna Smoot be more suitable for the job — or just less flashy in it? Change is difficult. So too is keeping a laser-like focus on the vision for our country, Read More >

What`s next?

Wash Post Q: Jay Leno is back in his 11:30 p.m. “Tonight Show” slot, after a disappointing run in prime time and a messy showdown with Conan O`Brien, who briefly replaced him. Can Leno win back his status as king of late night and all-around nice guy? As viewers turn away from the networks, can anyone be expected to dominate Read More >

Focus and Passion

Wash Post Q: The Washington Post and other media outlets are keeping careful count of the number of medals the United States and other countries are winning at the Winter Olympics. Should so much attention be focused on the medal count? Is winning gold, silver or bronze a fair measure of Olympic success? What about the athletes who work for Read More >