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Articles from No. 186, March

As States Go Bust, Casinos Win Big
CEOWATCH economy Bad as the economy is, it has its fans. In the gaming business, downturns reveal their upside in the wink of a Florida racehorse's eye or in the lamps of a casino riverboat steaming up the Mississippi River at twilight. Gaming executives...
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Beware of Global Blacklash
EDITOR'S NOTE For probably 20 years, chief executives have been able to count on a steady pace of globalization. Companies could assume that the barriers against the movement of people, goods, services and money across national borders would keep eroding....
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Carly, We Hardly Know You-Still
book review Armies of executives, analysts and journalists have watched Carly Fiorina for years. The CEO of HewlettPackard worked for AT&T for 17 years, playing a major role in the spin-off of Lucent in 1996. While at AT&T, she was known as a...
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Consulting Grows, but Trust Still an Issue
BY THE NUMBERS The major public accounting firms would probably rather write off the year 2002. Big Five firms were at the center of the Enron, WorldCom and Tyco scandals, among others. The result? Tarnished reputations, federal accounting reforms and,...
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Counterpoint: Japan's Woes Far from Over
Not many economists can drop references to the French Revolution or World War II when describing Japan's economic woes. But Kenneth Courtis, managing director and vice chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia, does this easily as he pontificates on how the world's...
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Delivering in Tough Times
2003 ROUTE TO THE TOP Under CEO Mike Eskew, UPS, the venerable package deliverer, goes global and high tech. If he hadn't gone to work for UPS, Mike Eskew thinks he would have liked to be an architect. His 30-year career has kept him too busy to design...
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Feedback
And-Bush Bias David E. Sanger's commentary in the November issue, "CEOs to Bush: Keep Your Eye on the Ball," is a perfect example of a political attack masquerading as thoughtful, businessrelated analysis. It includes the standard liberal view that Republican...
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Flying on the Edge
CEO EXTREME For instant perspective, Jerry Curtis of Nationwide Recovery Systems goes to the extremes. The force of gravity wrenched his stomach. It pressed his spine, neck and head against the seat, making him feel like a wrestler on the losing end...
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Ford's Debt Trap
MARKET HORIZONS Bonds that pay as much as six percentage points more than U.S. Treasuries are generally not considered the most solid investments. Such was the case with the junk bonds of 1980s fame, as with the current debt offerings of emerging markets...
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Hidden Power
The reports of Japan's economic death are widely exaggerated. The country possesses huge wealth and technological savvy. American CEOs ignore the opportunity at their peril. For a decade, American newspapers have kept up a steady drumbeat of articles...
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Memo to a New CEO
2003 ROUTE TO THE TOP Veteran Larry Bossidy explains what it takes to succeed in today's changing ctimate. Congratulations on your new job! I know you're excited about the opportunity to exercise your leadership at the highest level. And I'm sure you're...
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Privacy, Please
MANAGEMENT Sagging stock price and shareholder scrutiny getting you down? Maybe it's time to opt out of the public sphere. Summer of 2001, Deltek Systems CEO Ken deL,aski was flummoxed. Just five years after the proud day his software firm raised $17.4...
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Schwab Makes His Move
PROFILE The inside story on how Charles Schwab and his board finally agreed it was time for the fatigued founder to step aside. Charles Schwab has had a lot to be proud of for many years. But for all his accomplishments, Schwab seemed unable to transcend...
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Security Contract Smorgasboard
CEOWATCH view from the hill Five billion dollars is up for grabs. That's roughly the procurement budget of the department of Homeland Security, branded with the Bush stamp of approval in late November. For would-be government contractors, the new department...
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The Anti-Stimulus
COMPETING INTERESTs Alternating liberal and libertarian ve on public policy f your organization were forbidden from running a loss in any given fiscal year and revenues came in below budget, you'd face stark choices: cut jobs or investments, or raise...
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The Mike and Rudy Show Heads for Japan
FLIP SIDE If the only way to revive the Japanese economy is to bring in a convicted felon, then I say let's do it fascinating article in a recent issue of Barron's reports that a group of executives who run a small investment-management company in Tokyo...
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The State of Uncertainty
CAPITOL IDEAS Karl Rove, the White House political adviser who seems to take special joy every time some television talking-head calls him the secret brains of the Bush administration, keeps a classic photograph of Abraham Lincoln on his office wall....
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White-Collar Climb
2003 ROUTE TO THE TOP Today's CEOs may be younger, better-schooled and more well-rounded. But succeeding in the top job still takes real experience. A complex, complicated job has gotten more complex and more complicated." That's Ed Liddy's opinion of...
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