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Articles from No. 146, July/August

A Disneyland Trip Worthy of a CEO
With summer vacation days beckoning, the kids or grandkids are probably threatening to drag you to some place where the heat is unbearable, the crowds are overwhelming, and the food and souvenirs are overpriced. If so, we've got just the spot: Disneyland....
Air Herb's Secret Weapon
Low costs; high spirits. This aspect of Southwest Airlines has been well documented. But the company's true innovation is that its short haul, high frequency, low-fare strategy is aimed not just at other airlines but at surface transportation. Southwest...
A Thorny Five Par
Like any golfer who has been lucky enough to play Augusta National, Richard Priory considers the site of the annual Masters tournament to be among the best courses in the world. And it's from the back nine of that fabled layout that he selected his favorite...
Before the Puff of White Smoke
What do CEOs look for in other CEOs? Chief executives are always making decisions about their own people, their organizations, and even their own directors. But they don't often get a chance to methodically evaluate their peers. Yet, each spring we ask...
CEO Compensation: The Whole Truth
Are CEOs greedy pigs with their trotters firmly planted in the money trough or hard-working, appropriately rewarded servants of corporate shareholders? In the raging debate about compensation, these are the opposing views. So which is it? Today, CEO...
Chief Executive of the Year
Peers rule, Chief Executive readers have nominated and a panel of fellow chief executives has determined that Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines is this year's Chief Executive of the Year. As readers of this magazine are aware, the qualified competition...
Does Open-Book Really Work?
Call it just another flavor-of-the-month management theory, if you like--one that sounds nice in theory, but is prohibitively complicated in practice. But the diehard fans of Open-Book Management (OBM) may have a bone to pick with you. OBM, they say,...
Equality for All
It's taken for granted in most companies that the CEO's performance should be regularly and formally evaluated by the board. In the last Korn/Ferry study, 72 percent of the respondents said their boards have a formal process for evaluating the CEO, and...
Front Lines
It's probably too soon to tell which utopian image of the computer age is farther from reality the paperless office or the cashless society. But one key aspect of the latter-fullservice, secure, on-line banking-is poised for explosive growth in the next...
Lessons from the Diary of a High-Tech Firm
For the last year-plus, the market has been abuzz with all manner of high-tech companies brazenly taking their companies public in the hopes that the market would greet them warmly and rocket their $10 shares to opening day superstardom-profits or no...
Letters
STRETCHING THE BOUNDARIES To the Editor: In reading the piece entitled "Diligence Long Overdue," by Lawrence G. Graev (CE: May 1999), I was reminded of two cases involving corporate divestitures in the late '80s where directors were cited, not for making...
Malaysia Runs Down the Clock
Stand outside the office of Malaysia's prime minister, Mahatir Mohamad, and you may fancy you hear two clocks ticking. The first is set to go off on September 1: the date on which the raft of capital and currency controls imposed on foreign investors...
No Joke
Last year, I wrote an article in TV Guide deploring the fact that there are no Nielsen ratings for advertisements. This means that there is no scientific methodology to determine how much the public likes or dislikes specific commercials. Whereas dismal...
Nothing Doing
A year ago, decried as costly and ineffective and lacking badly needed Senate support, the Kyoto Protocol's future looked bleak. Today, with several new versions of related legislation under discussion, the issue is back on the table. But a hard look...
Seeds of Hysteria
Last February, seven Greenpeace demonstrators dumped four tons of genetically modified U.S. soybeans outside British Prime Minister Tony Blair's office. A sign on their truck read: "Tony, don't swallow Bill's seed." In April 1998, about 20 militants...
The Balanced Scorecard: Get Smart and Get Control
What if you could take your company's pulse at any given time and really learn ho well executive strategy is being translated into action? You're at the helm of a $1 billion global company with more than 5,000 employees. You've just received internal...
The War for Talent
As the talent war heats upand it already has-CEOs will increasingly find themselves on the front lines of attracting and, especially, keeping the best and the brightest people they can find. Those CEOs-and those companies-who are serious about winning...
Will the CIO Role Be Obsolete?
Twenty years ago, if you'd have told a group of CEOs they might one day be succeeded by a bunch of techies, the news likely would have been greeted with gales of laughter-or, at the very least, heavy skepticism. What does a technology manager know about...