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Leadership lessons for new political appointees

(Tracy A. Woodward/the Washington Post) In the weeks and months ahead, hundreds of political appointees will be chosen for important leadership jobs in the new administration, and if confirmed by the Senate, will face a wide array of political, policy and management challenges. During a panel discussion this fall at my organization, the Partnership for […]

How CEOs are responding to Donald Trump’s win

General Electric chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt, pictured during an event in Washington in 2014, said in a CNBC interview that President-Elect Trump will learn that trade deals will give him "negotiating power" as he travels the world. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may have spoken for many corporate CEOs when he […]

Why some Donald Trump supporters are taking aim at Pepsi

Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo, speaks during the New York Times DealBook conference in New York, U.S., on Nov. 10. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg) At a conference last Thursday, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi sat down with the New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin and spoke about topics ranging from soda taxes to what she […]

Donald Trump and the repudiation of the political résumé

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Charleston, W.V., in May. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP) In the end, it was all wrong — or didn’t matter. The polls. The pundits. The electoral map. The conventional wisdom about the need to act “presidential.” The enshrined beliefs about Americans' willingness to vote for a candidate who threatened to […]

How we reached a Donald Trump presidency

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post) After an exhausting campaign season and a election-night upset, Donald Trump will serve as the next president of the United States. How did our country get to this historic moment? In the final episode of the Presidential podcast, we take […]

The ‘zombie directors’ who lurk on corporate boards

A new analysis by the Council of Institutional Investors reveals how often corporate boards of directors fail to get majority support from investors — but remain on the board. (iStock) One of the ideas most Americans associate with the concept of elections is that the outcome is decided by a majority vote. But when it […]

Talking leadership with the country’s chief technology officer

Megan Smith, OSTP (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Megan Smith is the U.S. chief technology officer and assistant to the president. Smith—an engineer, entrepreneur, technology evangelist and former vice president at Google—spoke with Tom Fox about her views of government, including expanded engagement with Silicon Valley, as well as her prioritization of diversity. […]

Why you shouldn’t organize your email

Author and economist Tim Harford (Fran Monks) Architecturally cool new buildings for corporations may be all the rage. Apple is building a "spaceship" campus. Google has proposed futuristic buildings that include an "architectural sky." Amazon's new headquarters will include 100-foot-tall orbs known as "biospheres." But one of the most innovative workspaces in history was an […]

Barack Obama and the search for identity

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post) In the penultimate episode of the Presidential podcast, we examine Barack Obama's search for identity and how that quest has paralleled America's own complex reckoning with race. "Trying to figure out his identity was really the story of his young […]

The relentless positivity of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon

Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs is introduced Tuesday before game one of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon did not sound like a guy whose team had just gotten clobbered in its first World Series game […]

When George W. Bush changed course

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post) In the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, we examine how George W. Bush's presidency marked the beginning of a new chapter in American history. Our guests are Mark Updegrove, author of the forthcoming book "The Last Republicans" about the […]

The good and the bad of Bill Clinton

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post) The newest episode in the Presidential podcast is all about the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. David Maraniss, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Clinton, explores how his core character traits had both a bright and a dark […]

Making improvements at the Department of Veterans Affairs

LaVerne H. Council (Credit: Veterans Affairs) LaVerne H. Council is the assistant secretary for information and technology and the chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There she oversees the VA’s $4 billion IT budget and more than 8,000 employees and 8,000 contractors. Council, who spent years in the private sector, including serving […]