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. You can follow him at Twitter @JeffSonnenfeld.

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A massive data breach revealed today tested the character of Marriott hotels this week – and it came through in flying colors.

Too ‘Bad To The Bone’ For A Facebook Facelift?

Is Facebook's business model so insidious that it must be broken up by regulators, or can a change of leadership faces save the business?

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.
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