Here's a good list of things that executives and managers can learn from the Lawrence Summers situation at Harvard.
I like "If the board says it wants changes, don't believe it."
If you think that individuals can send mixed signals as to expectations, multiply that with a board. What their message really means is, "If you succeed, we'll like it" and "If you don't, we'll barely remember how you were selected."
The one about the apology is also sound. Summers tried to appease some groups that would never be placated.
My choice for Harvard president: Alan Dershowitz, if only to see the reaction of the Liberal Arts faculty.
[HT: Althouse Law Blog ]