Now, more than ever, Americans see Washington as dysfunctional and corrupt. As America's CEO, this is President Obama's responsibility to fix. The president ran on a platform that blamed gridlock on the Bush administration's "arrogant" leadership. He now characterizes gridlock as "Washington politics as usual." When 80% of Americans distrust government, that's Washington at its worst. It didn't just happen. It's a result of many leadership choices. And only the president can lead the effort to make it better.
Hall is managing director of Human Capital Systems (, a firm that designs systems for improving workforce performance. He is also an instructor in Duke Corporate Education's teaching network and author of The New Human Capital Strategy. Hall was formerly a senior vice president at ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam and IBM Asia-Pacific's executive in charge of executive leadership and organization effectiveness. During his tenure, IBM was twice ranked No. 1 in the world in Hewitt/Chief Executive magazine's "Top Company for Leaders." Hall completed his Ph.D in industrial-organizational psychology at Tulane University, with a dissertation on people management practices of Japanese corporations.

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