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Articles from No. 220, September

A Dose of Telemedicine
CAN USE OF BROADBAND CONTROL HEALTH CARE COSTS? BY BILL SMITHRising health care is no longer an annoying item on the expense line; it is now a basic threat to overall company performance. Some companies try to avoid the obligation through the use of...
CEO Transform Thyself
In turning Textron around, Lewis Campbell found it necessary to turn himself around. BY J.P. DONLONPerformance improvement is on every CEO's agenda and most reckon they have a clear idea about how best to pursue it. Details in the playbook may differ...
Confidence Suffers Again
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXCONTINUING a fall for the third month straight, Chief Executive's CEO Confidence Index dropped by 4.7 points to 157.9, according to 255 top executives surveyed this month. The drop, while not huge, continues a marked fall from May,...
Data Duty
COURT'S AND THE LAWFederal courts insist companies police their recordkeeping.STARTING DECEMBER 1, the federal courts will impose new rules of procedure on business litigants requiring that companies create, handle and store their business records with...
Do Hedge Fund Activists Have You in Their Sights?
You pick up the phone one day and the caller says, "Hello, I'm your biggest shareholder." Now what?Despite media coverage to the contrary, activism is not necessarily a drawn out adversarial process. The activist fund, like all investors, is interested...
Feedback
In an online posting from the editor, CE argued that while some of the unintended consequences of Sarbanes-Oxley are indeed troubling for U.S. competitiveness, much of the whinging about the law is misplaced since CEOs at the time could have come forward...
Fit to Be CEO
How some CEOs link fitness and performance.I was in Hawaii giving a speech for the leadership of Washington Mutual Bank. As is usual in my case, after the speech I went to the fitness center for my daily aerobic exercise. To my surprise, working out...
Going Dutch
TURNAROUNDSAs the company's first woman and non-Dutch CEO, Nancy McKinstry was both an insider and an outsider.For years Walters Kluwer, the $5-billion Amsterdam-based publisher of law, medical and professional books and journals, had a basic strategy:...
Inside M&A Banking
How do you protect a CEO from paying too much?The relationship between CEOs and investment bankers is like that of medieval popes with Knights Templar, the famous order of warrior monks who raised their own revenue and were a power that the Church as...
Lessons from the Wal-Mart Wars
Why CEOs should take a hard line against programs that compensate businesses and workers who can't compete.Most CEOs know that today's labor disputes are just a pale reflection of the huge nationwide strikes and lockouts of 100 years ago. The decline...
New Deans, New Directions
Changes at the top bring innovation to the traditionally staid world of top business schools.Business school deans once cloistered themselves in ivy-covered towers within serene university settings, isolated from real world pressures. But no longer....
P&G's A.G. Lafley Honored
After the closing bell on July 12, more than 200 of America's business leaders and their guests filled the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to honor the 2006 Chief Executive of the Year, A.C. Lafley. In assuming the title, Lafley joined a list notable...
Protecting Your Assets
Your life is complicated enough. Here are some ways to put your mind at ease.In "Divorce in the Workplace" (June 2006), we described Jack Welch's woes and Gary Wendt's folly in their divorce situations, coterminous affairs and financial settlements....
Realizing the High Performance Enterprise
What are the commonalities among companies that achieve enduring success? And how do you instill them at your organization?Mention high performance enterprise and the usual suspects come to mind. Microsoft, for its culture of innovation; Wal-Mart, for...
Technology's Impact on Branding
In a tech-driven customer world, CEOs need to stay on top of brand building. BY YURI RADZIEVSKYThe scene: somewhere in the advertising future, between science fiction and science fact. You look up at the moon and staring back is the Coca-Cola logo. Your...
The Essential Epiphany
What it's like working every day in a "Harvard Business School" case study.Before he could transform the company, Lewis Campbell had to transform himself. The 60-year-old native of Winchester, VA, who became Textron's CEO in 1998, talks about why it...
Time for a New Trope
CNBC's "Street Signs" asked me to appear on their program commenting on a Slate.com article, "The CEO Real Estate Scam," in which the author, Michelle Leder, expressed outrage that some companies were offering their CEOs "loss protection" and "price...
Time to Remove Our SOX
EDITORIALIN A MOVE INTENDED to ensure the future competitiveness of U.S. financial markets, a newly formed commission will recommend changes to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory mandates. "The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation," will...
Whose Ox Was Gore-D?
HOW TO PROFIT FROM THE COMING APOCALYPSE. BY JOE QUEENANGlobal warming has now officially joined the ranks of topics it is no longer acceptable to make light of. Due to the stunning popularity of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth, which looks an awful...