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Articles from No. 216, March

Bmw M5
WHEELSFrom exotic car to elegant car townEditor's Note: Two auto manufacturers, BMW and the Chevrolet division of General Motors, responded to our ranking of the "Top 10 Cars for CEOs" in the October 2005 issue by asking us to sample their 2006 wares....
Can Technology Heal the Health Care Industry?
What's needed are common standards, privacy assurances. BY WILLIAM J. HOLSTEINIt seems like such a no-brainer: Introduce more information technology into the relatively primitive U.S. health care system to drive out huge amounts of waste, thereby lowering...
CEO Mood Swings
CEO CONFIDENCEDECIPHERING the mood in the corner office this month is particularly tricky. Overall CEO Confidence declined about 10 points to 172.5. That's still at historically high levels, compared with a starting point of 100 in October 2002.But the...
Corvette Z06
The General Motors guys were irritated that we included the Ford GT in our "Top 10 Cars for CEOs" because it costs at least $ 100,000 more than the Corvette Z06. "Drive the Corvette," they said, "and tell us whether the GT is worth $100,000 more."So...
Crusading against CEO Pay
GOVERNANCECORPORATE AMERICA has made some progress in cleaning up its governance, but overly high compensation levels for CEOs show that much remains to be done, says Nell Minow, editor and chairman of The Corporate Library, a research group based in...
Debunking the Bashers
NELL MINOW of the Corporate Library is one of the leading crusaders against CEO compensation and we have published an interview with her (page 12) so that the CEO community can better defend itself. There are several flaws in her logic. She argues, for...
Feedback
Ford Begs to DifferIt's breathtaking to see how many mistakes you were able to cram into such a short article. We can't tell if your piece, "GM Has A Better Chance Than Ford" (January-February 2006), was malicious or sloppy. Either way, it was wrong....
For Iger, the Team Is Key
The new Disney chief built a management team that was ready for action.It takes a pretty confident CEO to engineer a deal that puts Steve Jobs on his board-where Jobs could emerge as chairman.But part of the reason Bob Iger may have felt so self-assured...
Future of the KKR 'Barbarians'
The world's most famous buyout duo has adapted more slowly than their rivals.From a conference room near his office overlooking New York's Central Park, Henry Kravis offers an appropriately expansive insight into how he views his place in Wall Street...
Have Stem Cells Finally Arrived?
Despite fraud and controversy, signs point to an emerging, money-making industry. BY FRAN HAWTHORNEBefore the end of 2006, a Silicon Valley biotech company called Geron hopes to start human trials of a new treatment to replace the missing insulation...
How Forgetting Leads to Innovation
In creating lines of business from within, companies must rethink their old practices.Those who most readily capture imaginations are entrepreneurs - innovators with a vision who create something from nothing. Large corporations, by contrast, are easily...
Is Washington Listening?
It was pretty stunning to hear President George W. Bush tackle the subject of U.S. competitiveness in his State of the Union address. That was the theme of our CEO Leadership Summit described in our January-February issue, and also the theme of my Editor's...
Is Your Laptop Telling Secrets?
In a WiFi world, logging into your computer on the road is risky business. BY DAVID W. GARRISONEvery day, at conventions company's executives routinely open their laptops, log on and check their email. They assume if no one is looking, or their room...
Managing CEO Wealth
NET WORTHWhy do so many otherwise-capable executives make mistakes with their own personal finances? BY C.J. PRINCEChief executives are charged with growing wealth for thousands of stakeholders, and personally sign their names to just about every major...
The Bonding of HSBC
John Bond turned a local bank into a global institution. Now his era is passing. BY ASSIF SHAMEENFrom Singapore to Sao Paolo, peripatetic John Bond, chairman of "the world's local bank," feels at home. In Kuala Lumpur, he stops to admire a fiery painting...
The Fight for Science and Math
NEW WAYS OF TEACHING THESE SUBJECTS ARE KEY. BY KAREN A. HOLBROOKThe decline in the number of American students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a threat to our competitiveness in today's global markets, a fact well understood...
The Skills of Skilling
HIS PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF HUMILIITY COULD BACKFIRE.From the moment a high-profile trial begins, pundits, academics and legal experts begin to fashion theories as to where the prosecution or the defense went wrong. In the Martha Stewart case, it is generally...
Vive le French Connection
Backlash over the Iraq war damaged business ties. Here's how CEOs mended them.It was a tense and angry period after the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003 -and France was highly critical. U.S. tourism to France tanked. Angry Americans eschewed...
Zander the Motovator
For Ed Zander and other CEOs, building a management team is critical. But how to do it right?Ed Zander was a Silicon Valley star, having been president of Sun Microsystems before joining a private equity firm. So in January 2004 when he arrived at Motorola,...