Lessons from Leno and Conan on Managing Succession

While Conan O'Brien enjoys/endures seven months of forced retirement from late-night television, and former/future Tonight Show host Jay Leno prepares to resume his former job (while David Letterman presumably cleans up in the ratings), senior management and boards of directors can draw some useful lessons from the Late Night Wars circa 2010, says Adam Galinsky, the Morris and Alice Kaplan Professor of Ethics & Decision in Management at the Kellogg School of Management. He has done extensive research in how individuals make sense of and participate in their social and organizational worlds and the consequences for motivation, team performance, and conflict.

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