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New York Times 100 Days Blog – Starting the Job, From F.D.R. to Obama

NYTimes 100 Days Blog

A new leader’s first one hundred days charts their future course. Early wins and successes build momentum while a slow or bumbling start can derail any chance of meaningful change. Fortunately for students of leadership (but certainly not for Barack Obama), the President of the United States operates in a fishbowl and the New York Times gives us a great look at leadership through their 100 Days Blog. From the New York Times:

As Barack Obama readies to take the office of president, which of his predecessors offers the best model for getting off on the right foot? The 100 Days blog seeks to answer just that question during Mr. Obama’s first three months in office. Five presidential biographers will discuss the early days of five 20th-century presidents – Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan – shedding new light on the struggles faced by those men entering the Oval Office and comparing their experiences with those Mr. Obama will face in his first 100 days.

The contributors are:

Lou Cannon

Lou Cannon has written five books about Ronald Reagan, most recently "Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy," co-authored with his eldest son, Carl M. Cannon. He worked at The Washington Post for 26 years and lives in Summerland, Calif.

Robert Dallek

Robert Dallek has taught at Columbia, U.C.L.A., Oxford and Boston University. He is the author of several presidential biographies, including "Lyndon Johnson: Lone Star Rising" and "Lyndon Johnson: Flawed Giant."

Roger Morris

Roger Morris, a former National Security Council staff member under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, is the author of "Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, 1913-1952."

Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves, a senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, is a syndicated columnist and the author of 14 books including "President Kennedy: Profile of Power."

Jean Edward Smith is the John Marshall professor of Political Science at Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. He is the author of 12 books, including biographies of Ulysses S. Grant, Chief Justice John Marshall, Gen. Lucius D. Clay and, most recently, of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is currently working on a biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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