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Articles from No. 98, October

Asking the Right Questions
Everybody knows the ability to make correct decisions is one of the hallmarks of a successful CEO. But the ability to do so comes after mastering the technique of listening to a bewildering array of alternatives and then diligently probing each one's...
Back from the Brink
What distinguishes businesses that survive crises from those that fail? Simply put: a recognition that the business environment has changed, and that the culture that worked for the growing company is likely to be a liability for the downsizing, troubled...
Big Government Run Amok
With Election Day rapidly approaching. now is a good time for business leaders to reflect on what the current Congress has done for America by ratifying the Clinton administration's economic and regulatory programs.The federal government will spend more...
Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?
GET BETTER OR GET BEATEN! 31 LEADERSHIP SECRETS FROM GE'S JACK WELCH By Robert Slater. Irwin Professional Publishing, 200 pp., $20.21ST CENTURY LEADERSHIP: DIALOGUES WITH 100 TOP LEADERS By Lynne Joy McFarland, Larry E. Senn, John R. Childress. Leadership...
Hedging for Dollars
A senior telecommunications executive sold his company our years ago for seven figures. He socked away most of the proceeds into a traditional stock and bond portfolio but about a year ago, put some of his gains into an aggressive hedge fund specializing...
Honk If You Are Global
Hobbled by overcapacity and a prolonged recession, Europe's carmakers are reconciled to consolidation. In contrast to the defensive Volvo-Renault deal that ultimately was aborted by Volvo's shareholders, Munich-based BMW; with $18 billion in sales last...
Leonard H. Lavin
In an era marked increasingly by B-school specialists in finance or accounting who rocket up through the management ranks, Leonard Lavin, chairman and CEO of Alberto-Culver, is a throwback.Take the way he got his start in business. In 1940, Lavin returned...
Robert H. Campbell
An oil company in partnership with the environment.No, that's not a misprint. It's how Robert H. Campbell, chairman, president, and CEO of Philadelphia-based Sun Co., would like the world to think of Sun, an integrated petrochemical refiner and marketer....
Strategic Standardization
Tolstoy may have crystallized the nature of standardization when he wrote in "War and Peace": "There is nothing for which we have no standard. And there is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth."In business terms, standards...
The 10 Best and the 10 Worst Annual Reports
It was a year of extremes in annual reports. There are more gimmicks, for one thing. Less forthrightness, for another.When the first annual report was published by Baltimore Gas & Electric in 1823, honesty was a given. A corporate secretary often...
The Corporation as Brand: An Identity Dilemma
What's in a corporate name? Could be plenty. Consider the following scenarios:* Providian Corporation, formerly Capital Holding, was originally the parent corporation of a number of traditional home-service life insurance companies. But over time, the...
The Right Step
In addressing the approaches business may take to help regenerate urban America, we deviate only slightly from our mission to help CEOs meet competitive challenges. That business cannot long prosper in a dysfunctional socio-political environment is inescapable....
Urban Guerillas: Reinventing Our Cities
After the L.A. riots, ignited by the Rodney King verdict, Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, a Democrat, attended an advisory committee meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. There was a keen sense of anticipation among many participants, who thought...
"X" Marks the Spot
"We don't ever call them sports 'nuts,' around here," says ESPN President and CEO Steve Bornstein, taking mock umbrage at an interviewer's question. "The correct term is sports 'enthusiasts.'"Whatever the nomenclature, there are enough of that red-blooded...