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Articles from No. 184, December

A Kinder, Gentler Deficit
Alternating Liberal and libertarian views on public views on public policy For the first time in more than five years, budget deficit politics have returned to Washington. Remember that vaunted 10-- year, $5.6 trillion surplus we were looking forward...
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Behind the Scenes, an Oil Imbroglio Brews
CAPITOL IDEAS Is America's confrontation with Iraq really about oil? Many times in recent months, Saddam Hussein has sought to rally support by asserting that President Bush's condemnation conceals a desire to seize Iraq's oil fields. Such declarations...
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Coaching Takes to the Couch
CEOs' increasing use of coaches-often doubling as therapists-clashes with the image of the almighty leader. For decades, CEOs burnished a reputation as paragons of leadership and strength: confident, decisive, embracing risk. Insecurities such as fear...
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Do We Really Need More Legal Help?
FLIP SIDE The last thing corporate America needs is for this sort of thing to become a trend. Not long ago, newspapers across the country carried a story about an 80-year-old New York man who was suing to get into law school. According to The New York...
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Feedback
Diversity in Dispute I read Miles White's "Paying More Than Lip Service to Diversity" (CE: October 2002) with interest. As a retired CEO, I understand how leaders evaluate trade-offs when making decisions. My disappointment with White's article is that...
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Landed Manager
PROFILE Steven McCormick's goal for The Nature Conservancy: to transform the already vast charity into the most influential nonprofit on the planet. taff members at the country's largest conservation organization often recite one of their boss' favorite...
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Last of the Dot-Com Baby Barons
The era of baby-faced dotcommers has definitely passed, but someone forgot to tell these guys. The CEOs of GSI Commerce, FragranceNet and eUniverse are the highest-paid chiefs in their age group, according to a report by Hoover's. They've all just turned...
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More Turnover at Soros Reflects Shakeout
departures Ever since George Soros passed off the management of his hedge fund, it's become hard to keep track of who's at the helm. The 72-year-old financier has been churning chief executives with the gusto of a day trader flipping shares. The latest...
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Moving at the Speed of Delight
ROUNDTABLE It's not enough to merely "satisfy" customers if you truly expect to get value from your technology investments. What do Apple's iPoad, Southwest Airlines' flight reservation system and 3M's Post-It notes have in common? All three are shining...
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Personal Behavior Is Fair Game
In today's image-conscious and scandal-charged age, CEOs need to keep their quirkiness in check. By fall of 1998, Joe Firmage epitomized the Silicon Valley rising star. USWeb, the prominent Internet consulting firm he'd cofounded, was thriving and, as...
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Profiting from Homeland Security
view from the hill Corporate lobbyists in Washington are abuzz over security f proposals emerging from lawmakers. As The Washington Post recently reported, manufacturers are balking at a requirement that their ocean carriers give 24 hours' notice before...
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Russia's New "Wild East"
MARKET HORIZONS Western investors still swap horror stories about their experiences in Russia in the 1990s. They call it the Wild East. Like the mythical frontier portrayed in Hollywood westerns, the ground is strewn with the sun-bleached bones of failed...
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Serendipity and Smarts
CAREERS From secretary in Africa to CEO in Nebraska. The is the only female CEO in the Buffett Brigade, but that's not the only thing that distinguishes Susan Jacques from the men in the Berkshire Hathaway fold. Jacques, president and CEO of Borsheim's...
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Steady as They Go
PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT In a year of chaos, the CEOs of CE's fifth MVA ranking added value to their companies by being just a little bit dull. umility, dependability and consistency weren't CEO personality traits sought by investors in the late 1990s....
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Succeeding in a Mature Market
CHIEF CONCERN As told by JEFF JACOBSON to C.J. Prince It's tough gaining a competitive edge when you're in a slow-- growth industry. Business isn't yours for the taking, so you have to be that much more creative, efficient and visionary to succeed. But...
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The Warren Buffett School
CAREERS They have free rein, ready capital and the best boss a CEO could want. They run Berkshire Hathaway companies, and you've only begun to envy them. Successful, confident, well-adjusted... these chief executives don't mind orking for another CEO,...
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What Were We Thinking?
EDITOR'S NOTE Things we learned in 2002 that we should have known all along: * If you have to offer 0 percent financing for your product, you're probably not generating new demand with innovations or customer value. More likely, you're stealing demand...
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