How Jay Leno Changed the Politics of Late Night



when I started hosting marijuana was illegal and you can smoke cigarettes any place you wanted I believe he did the greatest monologue ever and I think it was because of his political sensibility and the worst thing about losing this job I'm no longer cover NBC I'd have to sign up for Obamacare after 22 years as the host of The Tonight Show Jay Leno said goodbye to late night though he was no favorite of TV critics Leno held the top ratings spot for over two decades after succeeding the legendary Johnny Carson recent TV sat down with longtime Leno producer Dave Berg author of the book behind the curtain an insider's look at Jay Leno's Tonight Show to discuss lenez legacy of elevating politics and late-night talk Johnny Carson who of course is a legend the greatest there ever was he set the bar very high for all of us however Johnnie emphasized entertainers on his show I'm not saying he didn't have politico's from time to time he did but the emphasis was on entertainers well the strategy that we used to kind of expand and maybe get better ratings was to move beyond entertainers and I think that this is what distinguished Jay not only in the guests that he chose I mean basically we had every major presidential candidate from 1996 on but also in his monologue which he expanded it from Johnnie's with seven minutes and Jay expanded his to 14 minutes and added a lot of political humor he set the pace I believe he did the greatest monologue ever and I think it was because of his political Sensibility you talked about having presidential candidates the you guys were actually the first to get a sitting president when you had President Obama on can you talk a little bit about the story of how that happened five years before he became president I was watching him speak at the Democratic convention in Boston and that was in 2004 Kerry was the the Democratic candidate that year and and I had never heard of this unknown political Illinois and I thought oh my gosh this guy is the best speak I have seen since Ronald Reagan I'm not talking politics here I'm just talking about the ability to communicate and I was very impressed and the next day I started calling on his people to express an interest in getting him on the show now we did finally land him on the show as as an author the the audacity of hope' when he was a presidential candidate so when he did finally agree to appear as a president he had already been on he had already had a trust yet and it kind of a chemistry with Jay but nevertheless when he decided to appear on the show on his 59th day in office that was amazing because no other president had ever appeared on a late-night show it was actually considered unpresidential that was a huge moment and you know looking back at that why do you think it took so long for that to happen I mean do you think that politicians are kind of afraid of going on platforms like that because they're afraid of being made fun of I do and as I always told the political people actually we're much easier I'm not saying Jay didn't ask tough questions he did he certainly did but we weren't Meet the Press and Jays attitude about guests is he believed that that it was a family environment at the Tonight Show and and he actually acted as though guests were like guests in his house so he always said I'm not going to throw you a curve ball you don't have to worry I'm I will ask you a tough question I'll ask you this I'll ask you that but he never never asked gotcha questions so we were actually easier than Meet the Press it never seemed like he was really accepted among you know the comedic elite and here he is now he's going to get the Mark Twain humor award at the Kennedy Center this fall what do you think is so misunderstood about his success I think that the critics the Television Critics basically early on starting when Jay took over from Johnny Carson early on they said this guy doesn't have the chops he doesn't have what Johnny Carson has and by the way he's not cut from the same fabric as David Letterman it is so much more edgy and they are the ones that basically set the tone for for how J was perceived among if I may use the word among elitist not among the folks who live in the flyover States those wonderful flyover States but among the elitist who felt that J's humor was much too milquetoast actually I think J's approach was was exactly what it should be what you want to do is you want to tell jokes that appeal to a broad band of viewers we weren't narrowcasting we were trying to reach a wide group of people and I think J did that very successfully and I think the Mark Twain award is justification finally J gets the credit that he deserves and a lot of people you know would always try to tie a political label to him but you know because we have more of a libertarian audience do you think kind of that independent streak that he was more working-class he worked really hard I know you talked a lot about his work ethic in the book do you think that kind of came through the fact that he was just a little bit more independent and that's maybe why he broke through to such a larger audience I definitely do and again I think you could see it in his monologue jokes I think that resonated with people I really do the fact is in the last you know two three years none of the other late night hosts were doing Obama jokes well Jay felt well J happens to like President Obama but his feeling was you got to go after who's ever in power and he alone was doing jokes about Obama for a long time finally when Obamacare you know became the disaster that it was at least for a while the other host started following soon do you think that his willingness cuz I see it now with Kimmel yeah and a little bit with Fallon and Letterman they've kind of followed suit but do you think that that is kind of one of his main legacies as far as you know being an equal opportunity offender oh my gosh yes I mean I really think that distinguishes him and and yes if I understand your question properly there doesn't seem to be a healthy skepticism of those in power and that concerns me because late night is so influential especially among younger people I think yeah and you know there's also kind of this I guess you can call it a PC movement going on where you've seen a lot of comedians lately having to you know apologize for jokes do you how do you think that affects the material right or did it really come into play when he was crafting his monologue that was a big problem and I have to say that among the the comedy writers and comedians whether they were liberal a conservative they hate PC they do not like political correctness because that restricts them in their job and that was very damaging and it hurt a lot of jokes we had to sort of water down some of the jokes everybody did and and I think everyone suffers as a result you're you're missing SATA you're missing good satire when you look at who's out there now you have Kimmel you have Letterman as stepping down you have Colbert coming in now and now you have Jimmy Fallon who do you see kind of emerging as as that standard bearer of being the top dog I actually am a Jimmy Fallon guy and I like Jimmy Kimmel they're both really good I watched them both but Jimmy Fallon when he took over for Jay honestly I did not want to like him I didn't like the fact that Jay was you know being let go when he was doing so well but when I started watching a Fallon on a regular basis he won me over and I like him because he continues with that really positive upbeat attitude that that Jay represented and he has brought kind of a new perspective he has redefined late-night on his own terms now it's about comedy bits it's about performance the guests get involved they want to get involved Jimmy gets involved because he's so talented and he has done very well I would go so far as to call him the king of late-night he's going to be the guy to be that's my feeling

Dave Ulrich | Defining the Leadership Code



you hi I'm Dave Ulrich I'm one of the three co-authors of the book leadership code we appreciate your time and listening to these ideas and hope they're as helpful to you as they have been to us we begin the discussion of leadership code with a very simple question what makes an effective leader what a great question we have to confess we're not the first person to ask that question in fact when we got on Google and we googled the term leader and leadership we got 20 to 30 million hits were way down the line in asking that question so we decided to do something a little different instead of coming up with a whole new theory of leadership we wanted to look at what was out there and find out are there some major common themes that we can synthesize and integrate that describes and answers the question what makes an effective leader so we used a methodology that was really really simple we went to about 15 or 20 people who were we think the thought leaders in leadership these are folks who've written four or five books each they've done leadership 360s for 15 to 20 years they're people you would probably know I won't list them all for the embarrassment of missing some that we went to but these are the best we know we asked them how many 360s they've done in their careers the some of that was over two million then we asked them two questions question one what percent of successful leadership in your experience is basically the same stuff all leaders everywhere top-to-bottom big companies small companies publicly traded privately held global domestic what come what are the central core things that every leader everywhere must be able to know and do when we ask the percent of what that should be what we found was a fascinating response it ranged from 50 to 85% some said 50% is unique some said 15% is unique some said 50% is the same some said 85% is the same our take is 60 to 70% 60 to 70 percent of what any leader anywhere has to know and do is the same basic stuff question two what is it and these time our thought leader colleagues recommended their books so we looked at their books we looked at comedy see models from other firms we calmed the literature and we tried to say what makes an effective leader what is that core common set of stuff that every leader everywhere has got to do we called that the leadership code the code is the basics the codebook the absolute core of what leadership is about as we did that research we found there were five things if you think four corners of a sheet of paper and then a middle circle one corner of the sheet of paper is a leader has to be a strategist if you want to be an effective leader you have to have a point of view about where your unit is going at the top of the company that's the whole enterprise in a functional unit it's your function and a team and an organization it's your team but you have to have a position about where you want your organization to go as you go forward second is you have to be an executor you have to be somebody who's able to get work done who has accountability discipline and the ability to execute and make sure that things are done and done well on the other corner of the sheet of paper is you have to be a talent manager leaders by definition work with people they engage them they connect with them they work with them they communicate with them and they help people feel like they're part of a good team at the top corner of the circle the fourth piece is you have to be a human capital developer you have to be somebody who builds a next generation in the organization you have to be able to map the workforce create a firm brand and figure out what the talent is that needs to be there in the future for roles of leadership strategist where are we going executors how do we get there talent manager who goes with us and human capital capital developer who stays when we're gone what we discovered as most leaders are predisposed to one of those four most leaders kind of have a natural act I like being a strategist and figuring out the future I like being a talent manager and working with other people I like being an executor and getting things done but then what we discovered in the middle is that there's a core factor that every leader has to master we call that personal proficiency it's not a role it's a set of personal competencies that allow you to be trusted by those you lead personal proficiency deals with insights about yourself with your ability to know yourself to learn to have integrity to have emotional intelligence to exercise good judgment that's it we think there's a codebook of leadership a strategist an executor a talent manager a human capital developer and personal proficiency that allows you to connect with others that's this book it's actually a very simple book if you want to be an effective leader here's what you must know and what you must do and you look at where your strengths are and so as we drafted this book and we looked at this massive leadership work we begin to identify four or five or six things in each of those areas that will help you be a more effective leader now one of the things that we think is always helpful is looking at the leadership mirror how do I rank how do I rate so we've got a survey online on that survey you can score yourself and do a self-assessment and even better you can begin to get data from others how do others see me as a strategist an executor a human capital developer or talent manager and based on that information I can begin to make changes and improve my leadership the purpose of this book is very simple if you want to be a more effective leader this is what it takes by the way this is the basics it's not the whole game but it's the basics that you must do to lead effectively and we will help you make that happen you

The Savage Eye – Politicians.



but many Irish are mystified and fascinated as to how failed politicians continue to get reelected Oh welcome back to the frontline it's fair to say the anger in the audience is a palpable so let's hear some questions is man with a furrowed brow it's not angry we are we're fucking livid we've no jobs with no income with no assets to be incompetent and stay in power the irish politician must constantly endure public outrage after the tirade the politician gives out facts and figures because he knows the irish mind only understands stories and will lose track after the first sentence what are you going to do first of all let me say I totally accept your condemnation of the situation and I understand your outrage at the situation you find yourself in but let me say moving forward there's a 6% increase on last year's figures which is progress and we are moving forward but under no circumstances must apologizing ever say what is really thinking what are you going to do come here to me you working-class scumbag or was whinging and fucking morning you probably don't even vote so why don't you just fuck off the