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Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld

  • Business Leaders Must Demand Truth over Tantrums

    Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld argues that business leaders have to speak out about the U.S. government shutdown and create a path out of the political stalemate.

    The Washington Monument seen through bars on a window.
  • Tesla’s Enfant Terrible Needs to Grow Up

    CEO Elon Musk is clinging to his image as an irreverent, self-promoting disrupter, when the company needs him to demonstrate stability and reliability.

    Elon Musk arrives at a SpaceX event in September 2018. Photo: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images.
  • Lessons From GE: When The Board Wants You Out

    Last month, GE chief executive John Flannery was fired after barely a year on the job. What does a CEO need to do to stick around for a while?

    John Flannery
  • In Post-Khashoggi Saudi Arabia, Business Leaders Have a Chance to Fill a Moral Void

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and journalist Roya Hakakian write that continued business activism can help bring about positive change in the Middle East.

    Attendees at the Future Investment Initiative conference on October 23, 2018, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images.
  • SEC Settlement Won’t Fix Tesla

    Tesla may have reached a settlement with the SEC, Yale SOM's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes, but the company's board still needs to address the problems created by its brilliant, self-destructive CEO.

    Tesla dealership
  • At CBS, Less of Les Is More

    Whoever replaces Les Moonves at CBS must look beyond picking hits, writes Yale SOM's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.

    CBS headquarters
  • Departing PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Did It Her Way

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that Nooyi brought a rare combination of intelligence, toughness, and vision to the job.

    Indra Nooyi
  • The Real Problem for Mark Zuckerberg Is Mark Zuckerberg

    Since Facebook's stock structure guarantees CEO Mark Zuckerberg control, Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes, its only hope is some brutally honest feedback from his star-studded board.

    Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's 2008 F8 conference
  • Five Lessons From A Rash Of Untimely CEO Departures

    More than a dozen prominent CEOs have ushered out of the executive suite in recent weeks. Yale SOM's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that their sudden departures offer lessons on how to survive—or at least make a graceful exit.

    An empty office
  • Women Leaders Ascend in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

    When Kathy Warden was named CEO of Northrop Grumman this week, she became the third woman CEO among the top five aerospace and defense contractors. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that this welcome trend has an echo in the early history of the industry.

    Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit