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Articles from No. 238, January/February

Accounting for Standards
Adoption of international accounting standards mandates rethinking strategy. BY ERIK SHERMANTo T.J. Rodgers, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation's CEO, US GAAP accounting standards have a credibility gap. An investor called, worried about a low cash position....
A Room with a Wii?
Road warriors are picking up high-tech perks as top hotels look to lure business travelers. BY SHERIDAN PRASSOThe ritual for a lot of international road warriors after a long transoceanic flight is to check into their hotels, turn on a hot shower and...
Best Companies for Leaders
3M shoots to the top of the current ranking.Only a handful of organizations haw even begun to tap into their priman resource, their people, much less give them the means to do what they are capable of doing. Indeed, many take the opposite taek, disregard...
CEO Confidence Sinks to Another All-Time Low
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXChief Executive magazine's CEO Confidence Index sank to another all-time low in December, according to 245 top executives surveyed. Executive confidence in America's economy is under 50 percent of what it was just three months ago,...
Chipping Away
When Abhi Talwalkar agreed to take the top post at LSI Logic in May 2005, he knew he was in for a wild ride. Once a Silicon Valley darling, LSI had risen from no-name startup in 1981 to $2 billion global company under founder Wilfred Corrigan, who established...
Feedback
Wealth CreatorsI am writing to inform you of an error in "CEO Wealth Creators . . . and Destroyers," (November/December 2008). According to the authors' own method- ology, the ranking of CEOs focuses "on the performance of companies (and their CEOs)...
Gone with the Wind
CEO WATCHBOONE PICKENS PROMOTES HIS PLAN TO LOWER OIL IMPORTSOilman and former takeover operative T. Boone Pickens begins the last chapter of his book, The First Billion Is the Hardest, with the cunning observation that "a fool with a plan can outsmari...
Green Is the New Black
NOW, MORE THAN EVER, SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES ARE VITAL.A few months ago I was asked to participate in a forum on how companies can seize competitive advantage through their green initiatives. Unfortunately, the event was canceled because of the current...
INfact
Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive's INfact.1. Percentage by which the $750 billion bailout exceeds the cost of the entire New Deal | 33%2. Total...
Innovate or Perish: What Leaders Must Do
What is the next big profit opportunity? And, perhaps more important, how do business leaders dedicate resources to finding it during an economy in freefall?CEOs who gathered in November to discuss the challenge of stimulating innovation in a down economy...
Is Nigeria the Next India?
Long viewed as politically unstable, this African country is poised for a development boom. BY TOM ISEGHOHIAn exotic and culturally unique location, a long history of Western colonization and independence, a growing population of educated young professionals,...
Leadership Imperatives
As you read this, Barack Obama will have been inaugurated as the U.S.'s 44th chief executive. Fittingly, as the U.S. turns a corner with new leadership at the helm of the federal government, we explore in this issue two facets of leadership governing...
Mr. President, Let's Not Piddle Around
DURING HIS SOARING INAUGURATION speech President Barack Obama said it's not the size of government that matters but whether it's effective. He also added that "The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act." Fair enough,...
Next-Generation Globalization
THE TENTH ANNUALCEO LEADER SHIP SUMMITDriving Growth and Value During Economic UncertaintyNo one is immune in a recession. With economies across the globe in a steepening slide and proposals for radical revisions in government spending and taxation,...
Passion for Packaging
Packaging isn't terribly sexy- but don't tell llene Gordon that. To hear the president and CEO of Paris, France-based, Alean Packaging tell it, there's plenty to thrill and excite about the alchemy of turning resins, aluminum, paper and glass into innovative...
Real Dealer
The outcome of the recent presidential election likely disappointed Chief Executive readers, 80 percent of whom said they supported Sen. John McCain in his presidential bid. But at least one CEO celebrated Sen. Barack Obama's victory: R. Donahue "Don"...
Recognizing REWARDS
How engaged are your employees-and what can you do about it?The numbers on employee engagement are out, and they're compelling. Several leading research firms reporting on the quantifiable value of increased employee engagement concluded that engaged...
Resourcing and Transform Ing the U.S. Army
Lt. General Speakes, deputy chief of staff for programs, G-8, and a veteran of commands in Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, is, in essence, the CFO of the armed forces, charged with developing a balanced fiscal strategy that does everything...
Re-Thinking Global Strategy: Will India, China and Emerging Markets Continue as the New Centers of Global Gravity in the New Era?
It's no secret that the phenomenal growth stories of China and India are changing the global economy playing field. By the end of this year China will have surpassed Germany as the world's thirdlargest economy, behind the U.S. and Japan. In fact, projections...
Sustainability for CEOs
Environmental initiatives are about more than preserving natural resources; they're about ensuring long-term profitable growth.These days, many companies recognize the need to address sustainability in some form, but they do not have a clear idea about...
The Invisible Black Hand
TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THE FED'S SOFT BAILOUT LOGIC. BY JOE QUEENANThe decision by the federal government to bail out the Mafia but allow the Cosa Nostra to go under has left investors bewildered and enraged. Ever since it became apparent last week that...
The Tortoise, the Hare and IFRS
START SOON AND PROCEED STEADILY TO WIN THE STANDARDS RACE.Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare should be required reading for every CEO today. This fable of consistent, deliberate action beating a procrastinating but faster-moving opponent to the...
Understanding China III: VISION
China's leaders know that they must be flexible, innovate, consider diverse opinions and make measured decisions.America is enmeshed in the most debilitating worldwide financial crisis since the Great Depression and, like it or not, to the degree it...
Unlimited Bandwidth; Ubiquitous Access
The explosive growth in bandwidth and new forms of networking technology will allow marketers to reach com- munities of one or 100,000 with near equal ease and cost effectiveness. The confluence of Internet, mobile telephony, satellite communications...
Video Vanguard
For decades, videoconferencing was touted as The Next Big Thing for companies, promising to bring far- flung employees together in a virtual huddle realistic enough to replace in-person meetings. For much of that time, though, the technology sported...
Wall Street's Leadership Crisis
LOOKING FOR THE CULPRIT BEHIND TODAY'S MARKET WOES? TRY QUARTERLYWhen Congress and the regulators begin their hunt for villains in the financial crisis, they would be wise to look beyond people. Structural issues, like the 90-day financial reporting...
When Leaders Seek Leaders
3M'S GEORGE BUCKLEY THINKS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT BEGINS FROM THE DAY OF HIRETrained as an electrical engineer, George Buckley, 61, held executive positions at British Rail, Emerson and Brunswick Corp., where he was CEO, before replacing the interim...