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Articles from No. 165, March

Better Boards: The Equity Answer
America's corporate boards are generally working better than ever, but they're still far from uniformly effective. Witness the recent business messes that have been aggravated by inattentive or inert boards: Conseco, Mattel, AT&T, Rite-Aid, Toys...
CEOs Speak out against Greenspan
Had Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan retired after his last term, he might already have an airport named after him. In January 2000, the U.S. economy was still thriving, hot on the heels of 1999's 4.6 percent GDP increase. Despite the ongoing...
For the Love of the Game
NORMAN H. WESLEY CEO, Fortune Brands PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS LOCATION: Pebble Beach, California HOLE: 8th, par-four, 431 yards from the blue tees, 405 yards from the whites and 350 yards from the forward markers. HOLE DESCRIPTION: A slight dogleg right...
Guess Who's the Chief Reputation Officer?
Difficult to earn, but easy to lose, a company's reputation is a fragile thing, and judging from the results of Chief Executive's third annual study of corporate reputation, the burden of caring for it falls squarely on the CEO. REPUTATION WAS ONCE considered...
Keeping Your Money Yours
A comfortable retirement is their leading financial objective, say respondents to a Chief Executive/Wilmington Trust survey. Those who rely on professional assistance are more confident that they will achieve all of their financial goals. Becoming a...
Letters
Where Are the Family Values? To the Editor: Kudos to Deroy Murdoch on his article, "CEOs Flunk Social Responsibility 101" (CE: Dec. '00). Unfortunately, he stopped short and one needs to read between the lines to discern what should be obvious. Corporate...
Perfect Board Redux
In my recent column entitled "Devising the Perfect Board," (CE: November 2000) I suggested a theoretical board composed of nine persons possessing a range of special talents and experience. These nine directors, including the CEO, could be the starting...
Pyott's Voyage in Lilliput
Shortly after David E. I. Pyott became chief executive of Allergan in January 1998, he asked his direct reports to outline their views of the future for the ailing Irvine, CA-based provider of eye care and specialty pharmaceutical products. He got several...
Rethinking the Retirement System
About 76 million Americans will be retiring over the next lo years. Some are your employees. Are you ready for the upheaval that may follow? THERE'S NO GETTING AWAY from it. Population changes throughout the developed and developing world are already...
Rising Son
Growing up as the legacy of a living legend isn't easy. "Dad was very difficult to work with and particularly hard to work for," reflects Michael Mondavi, the 58-year-old president and CEO of Robert Mondavi Corporation (MOND). But it's not his father's...
Rules to Innovate By
YOU CAN HIRE GOOD PEOPLE. You can ask for big ideas. But if you dorft create an environment where good people can nurture and grow their big ideas, you might as well kiss your competitive advantage goodbye. OKAY, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH. Enough to know the...
Staying in Touch
CEO Roundup Nobody likes to give the boss bad news, so how can CEOs get real deal from their front-line folks? To a great extent, good leadership rests on a sound understanding of human nature. And as many a leader has learned, human beings usually don't...
The Rise And/or Fall of China
As a member of that cabal of Western analysts often referred to as "old Asia hands," I may be labeled a turncoat for saying this. But here goes: We don't really know much. Sure, years of hanging around Asia's back alleys and boardrooms have given us...
Trust Is the Issue
Of all the polls we take of our readers, CE's corporate reputation survey generates the most interest outside the magazine. Last year, survey findings appeared in such news sources as the Orange County Register and the Hartford Courant. Sure, business...
Wanted: CEO Confidante
Looking for advice in all the wrong places? CEOs weigh in on where to find wise and trustworthy counsel-or just a friendly ear. ONLY AT THE TOP? THE AVERAGE MID-LEVEL manager doesn't know the half of it. Consider Chris Richardson. When he became CEO...
Workers for Globalization, Unite!
market horizons This year's World Economic Forum at Davos once again provided a very convenient stage for all those who oppose globalization to strut their stuff. And dutifully, the international press dedicated a good part of its reporting to this "new...
You Too Can Lose Millions!
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on the rise of the loser in the public speaking world. According to the paper, men and women who have failed in business, sports, or life are now earning as much as $10,000 a pop by giving motivational speeches...