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Articles from No. 161, November

Devising the Perfect Board
Let's pretend that you've been selected to be the CEO of a new, multi-billion dollar spin-off from a respected corporation. One of the first things to be done is to form a board of directors. You have hired me to be your advisor. How do we go about forming...
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Getting Better All the Time
Done right, an annual report is the ultimate corporate calling card. But only a small percent truly excel at it. CE's 17th annual roundup looks at the year's best and what each did to ace the test. Assessing and ranking annual reports has never been...
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International Update
More reports around the globe were analyzed this year than ever before. One in seven we reviewed (15 percent) originated from outside the U.S. Yet, only one non-North American report achieved "world-class" status-- scoring at least ioo of a potential...
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Letters
The B2B Revolution To the Editor: The roundtable entitled "How Will E-- Hubs Transform Your Business?" (CE: August 'oo) was interesting and timely because BZB trade is evolving very rapidly and causing a "revolution" to take place. At companies like...
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New World, Old Traditions
It may seem like Internet companies have redefined the concept of "doing business," but successful e-companies are learning there's no replacing the old-fashioned values of the brick-and -mortar world. Moving a business to the Internet has kept many...
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Optical Dis-Illusion
For Nortel Networks' John Roth, Halloween came early this year. On a single day in mid-October the CEO saw his company's stock lose a whopping $55 billion in market valuation. Bruised but unbowed, Roth is charging ahead-and plotting a battle with the...
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Privacy at Stake
Access to personal data and how it's handled has always been a sensitive issue, but the development of the Internet has heightened concern. Yet, information is the lifeblood of the modern economy. The question is how businesses can recognize the individual's...
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Rocket Man
One big growth success story just wasn't enough for Frank Lanza. It's round two-and this ambitious CEO plans to launch L-3 into a top spot in the defense sector, fueling growth through savvy acquisitions and seizing commercial opportunities wherever...
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Roughing It at Avenel
Thirty-three-year-old Paula Jagemann started playing golf seven years ago. "My husband, Joe, took up the game and asked me to come along," she says. "So I did. I really came to love the sport, but then I had to take a couple of years off when I started...
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Russia's Gilded Age?
In early September, Boris Berezovsky-one of Russia's (in)famous oligarchs-announced that he would transfer control of his stake in Russia's largest television network to a group of 14 journalists to keep it out of government hands. This move may be just...
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Stop the Press!
Recently, I have become somewhat concerned about the inability of the general business press to distinguish between very large and very small numbers. While perusing the "Business Briefs" section of my highly amusing local paper, I noticed an item about...
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Tech Ed
Education tops the public agenda. It also tops the agenda of leading new economy firms, which depend on an independent, well-educated workforce and citizenry to keep humming. And, unlike politicians who tend to talk a good game but produce little, U.S....
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The Aart of Chip-Making
When Aart de Geus wants to escape the rigors of running Synopsys, the electronic design automation software leader he co-founded, the CEO trades computer chips for finger picks and belts out a few licks of raw Southern-infused electric blues guitar....
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The Long and Winding Road
High Standards, Hard Choices: A CEO's Journey of Courage, Risk, and Change By Dana G. Mead with Thomas C. Hayes. John Wiley & Sons. $29.95, 240 pages. How do you write a book about your seven-year experience as CEO of a hodge-podge Fortune 500 corporation,...
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The Next Big One, Maybe
The issue of data privacy has arrived on the banks of the Potomac River and American CEOs better put it near the top of their "To Do," lists. That, at least, was the consensus of the 375 Internet activists, international politicians and bureaucrats,...
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Two Voices; Two Messages
Leaving home for work the other day, I spotted an SUV with the vanity license plate "6SIGMA." Could it be that this was a GE employee who has taken Jack Welch's transformational ethos about building quality from within to heart? After reading Welch's...
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Weatherup Takes on the Pepsi Challenge
Craig Weatherup loves trucks. Truck models, truck paintings, truck sculpture all decorate the office of the Pepsi Bottling Group's (PBG) chairman and CEO. A gleaming Pepsi 16-wheeler, bearing the corporate motto "We Sell Soda," wraps around both covers...
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