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Ezra Klein: Obama’s three fateful leadership tests

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s team became famous for submitting almost everything they did to rigorous A/B testing. Staff members would send different versions of a message to small groups of randomly selected supporters, determine which produced the best response and then disseminate the winning appeal to the audience at large.

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Stephen B. Young: Leadership (and zombies)

I was thinking about leadership last week — actually, more about the absence of it in our times. My anxieties were turned on by the University of Minnesota’s pick of Richard Pitino as the next Messiah, brought in to sustain hopes that the Gopher’s men’s basketball team will finally win a national title.

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Dane Smith: Job one (and two and three)

Ford Motor Company advertised its cars years ago with a theme that the company was focused on “Job One,” which was something about “quality.” I remember an ambush interview back then of the Ford CEO by guerrilla documentarian Michael Moore, who cheekily asked, “What’s job two?”

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Phil Krinkie: The E-stadium

Last year in May, after 10 years of acrimonious debate over the public funding of a new Vikings stadium, the state Legislature passed a financing package that called for the state to pay $348 million of the $960 million in estimated total construction costs.

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