Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
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Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is senior associate dean, leadership studies, Lester Crown professor of leadership practice, Yale School of Management, as well as president of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute and author of The Hero’s Farewell and Firing Back.

Lessons From GE: When The Board Wants You Out

John Flannery’s sudden ouster at GE after a mere 13 months on the job by a newly constituted board startled many peer CEOs, as well as analysts, investors and employees. When your company hits a bump in the road, will your board have your back—or back you right out the door?

GE Whiz: If Only Flannery’s Ouster Was Unique

It's rare for one Jeff to disagree with another, but Sonnenfeld says that Cunningham is wrong: GE’s recent action in firing John Flannery was not a unique, one time succession phenomena. He offers a rebuttal to the notion that these board insurrections are unique.

Sonnenfeld: Musk’s SEC Settlement Won’t Fix Tesla

As Tesla’s Shakespearean drama unfolds, one must wonder if the Tesla board is using Jim Jones and the Jonestown suicide pact as their strategic plan.

Musk, Trump & Twitter: You Are What You Tweet

In an era where more and more leaders are, ironically, less and less likely to offer unfiltered remarks, what leaders say on Twitter is one of the most revealing public displays of their true character. Just take a look at Elon Musk and Donald Trump.

Sonnenfeld: PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi Did It Her Way

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi plans to step aside in October, leaving an impressive legacy at the beverage giant—not only in terms of performance, but in terms of corporate culture.

Sonnenfeld: The Real Problem for Mark Zuckerberg Is Mark Zuckerberg

What happened to Facebook's stock? Jeffrey Sonnenfeld says that a bet on Facebook has always been a bet on CEO Mark Zuckerberg—a great bet, until it wasn’t.

Five Lessons From A Rash Of Untimely CEO Departures

A rash of unplanned transitions offer lessons to sitting CEOs at a time of waning tenures. Here are five takeaways for CEOs on when you have to exit the job unexpectedly.

Sonnenfeld: Female CEOs Taking Control Of A Male-Dominated Industry

Kathy Warden’s ascension to CEO of Northrup Grumman means three of the top five aerospace and defense contractor companies are now run by women.

Trump in Europe: Unplugged and Underserved

Every leader needs a team that knows how to play to the bosses’ strength and not just salute. The President does not have that team, and it shows.

Sonnenfeld: From CEO to President? Howard Schultz Checks The Boxes

Donald Trump borrowed the core iconography of mythic American business figures needed to run for President, whereas outgoing Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz actually models these five qualities.
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