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Articles from No. 218, June

Are Boards Fixing CEO Pay?
COMP COMMITTEES ARE STEPPING UP. BY STEVE HARRISOn an almost daily basis, the media decries yet another example of what it deems excessive executive compensation. The board of directors is typically fingered for failing to provide the proper oversight...
Back from the Brink
John Swainson stopped the bleeding at Computer Associates. But can he help it thrive?In November of 2004, John Swainson faced one of the toughest challenges any firsttime CEO ever does-parachuting into a company in crisis, in this case Computer Associates,...
Building a Stellar Cellar
Plan the perfect wine collection BY CHRISTINE ANSBACHERNot too long ago after doing my best Zorro imitation by sabering the top off a Champagne bottle as the finale to a wine tasting, I was approached by a newly minted chief executive of a high tech...
CEOs Say Bay State Health Care Plan Is DOA
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXDESPITE HIGH ENERGY COSTS and rising interest rates, business leaders remain positive. The CEO Confidence Index rose 5.9 points this month to 173.4. The current level for the leading economic indicator is just 9 points off its all-time...
CSR and Big Pharma
Pfizer's McKinnell says CEOs should take corporate social responsibility very seriously.Hank McKinnell, chief executive of Pfizer and chairman of the Business Roundtable, argues that CEOs are increasingly committed to social responsibility because it...
Divorce in the Workplace
LIFESTYLEHow to prevent a personal tragedy from spilling over.Although divorce is primarily a personal tragedy, it can also spill into the workplace, even costing you your jobnot to mention a good portion of your wealth and reputation. In recent years,...
Feedback
In an online article, Chief Executive argued that there's a major disconnect between Washington and America's CEOs with respect to China. Why does Washington choose to beat a steady protectionist drum against China when many American CEOs have huge stakes...
Here Comes Natural Gas
ENERGYDON FELSINGER, new chief executive officer of Sempra Energy, the $12 billion a year San Diego-based energy company, says Americans will likely accept more energy infrastructure projects to help contain prices. Here are excerpts from an interview,...
Making Innovation Work
Without sustainable innovation, companies are doomed. But how can invention and creativity be systemized? BY J.P. DONLONThe U.S. economy, often depicted as a threelegged stool-manufacturing, services and invention -looks increasingly like it has but...
Picking the Right Charter
How to do due diligence on your air carrierSince the September 11 tragedy, air travel via scheduled carriers has become more difficult, more time consuming and more stressful. Many companies that had not used charter aircraft before 9/11 are now sending...
Productivity of the Mind
The single greatest challenge facing CEOs is to raise the productivity of knowledge throughout the enterprise. It is an economic truth that real earnings and real incomes cannot be higher than productivity for any length of time. And knowledge and insight...
Staying a Step Ahead of the Rest
How do CEOs know what they know? The best have specific methods for capturing the knowledge-not just the information-they need.Daniel Vasella, chief executive of Novartis, understands it. Robert Crandall, former CEO of American Airlines, has applied...
The COO: Friend or Foe?
Too many companies execute the COO role with poor results. How should the role be devised so that it creates value? BY NATHAN BENNETT AND STEPHEN A. MILESHow important is a chief operating officer to the success of a CEO? Would Carly Fiorina still be...
The New Look of American Manufacturing
The emerging model hinges on smaller runs, more flexibility and greater sophistication. BY DALE BUSSWhen Richardson Industries shut down its 300-person furniture manufacturing operation in 2002, it was "the most painful thing I ever had to deal with-to...
The Tragedy of Enronicus Rex
EDITORIALWITH THE CONVICTION of Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, the CEOs who guided Enron through its meteoric rise and even more spectacular implosion of fraud and conspiracy, an era has come to an end. For Lay, who founded Enron's antecedent, Houston...
Why CEOs Don't Get Good PR Counsel
THEY MUST UPGRADE THE ROLE OF PR PROS.Boeing has been reeling under a three-year cloud of scandals. But new CEO Jim McNerney, a veteran of General Electric and 3M, is beginning to pull the company out of its PR nosedive, both by instituting clearer rules...
Winning in a Multicultural Market
Rapidly changing demographics bring opportunities. But are companies adapting fast enough to serve emerging markets? BY JENNIFER PELLETLong heralded, the phenomenal potential of multicultural markets is now undeniably upon Corporate America. Hispanics...