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Articles from No. 170, August/September

Big Picture Book
Eco-Efficiency-The Business Link to Sustainable Development By Livio DeSimone and Frank Popoff MIT Press, reprinted March 2000 DEPENDING ON THE reader, this book by Livio DeSimone, former chairman and CEO of 3M, and Frank Popoff, former chairman and...
Captains in a Sea of Danger: CEOs as Navigators of Risk
IN A WORLD OF rapidly expanding connectivity, is there any way to keep your company safe? New opportunities and new markets beckon CEOs from around the globe. But for many corporate leaders, seizing those opportunities means steering their companies...
Chief Executive of the Year Dinner 2001
In the early evening of July 19, Michael Dell stood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, gesturing excitedly. The NYSE is not the place you'd expect to find the founder and CEO of Dell Computer Corp., a company listed on NASDAQ. Just as unexpected...
Feedback
Model CEO Your May 2001 cover story with Wells Fargo CEO Dick Kovacevich ("Cool Hand Kovacevich') was outstanding. All of us in the financial services industry would do well to heed his insights. By rejecting herd mentality, focusing on the customer,...
From Corner to Community
Once the most prestigious location for a CEO, the corner office is giving way to less formal space, allowing easier access to and for employees. One years ago, the boss considered his office the greatest symbol of success and wanted everyone to know...
Good-Bye
This is my last Speaking Out column for Chief Executive magazine. The time has finally come for me to pack it in. It all began in 1978 when I wrote an article for Issue #7 of this new magazine for CEOs. The article was titled, "How to Retire Without...
Goodrich Retread
It makes aircraft landing systems, not tires anymore, but can CEO David Burner remake the stodgy manufacturer's image on Wall Street? An official-looking letter arrived at the Charlotte, NC, headquarters of BF Goodrich last January, adorned with the...
High Turnover Turns off Wall Street
what they didn't teach in biz school ONE COLD WINTER NIGHT in 1996, Robert Forney, then the CEO of the Chicago Stock Exchange, boarded a bus destined for a troubled inner-city neighborhood. It was Forney's first excursion with the Night Ministry, a homeless...
How to Perform a Heart Transplant and Survive through Layoffs
ONE COLD WINTER NIGHT in 1996, Robert Forney, then the CEO of the Chicago Stock Exchange, boarded a bus destined for a troubled inner-city neighborhood. It was Forney's first excursion with the Night Ministry, a homeless relief agency he joined to set...
In Fed We Trust?
The Fed: The Insider Story of How the World's Most Powerful Financial Institution Drives the Markets By Martin Mayer The Free Press, June 2001 AS A NATIVE Californian who went through the quake of '94, I've felt a world that for decades appeared solid...
Inventive Minds
If there were a blueprint for creating a company-wide culture of innovation, these CEOs would tear it up. Tom Kelley is a sort of litmus test for what corporate America is obsessing over. As general manager of the famed design shop Ideo, which has helped...
More Than Free E-Mail
The corporate world gives digital "have nots" access to the Internet via complex networks; critics wonder when and if efforts will pay off. Twelve-year-old Rodney F., who was born in Guatemala, has been in the United States less than a month and speaks...
New Captains Sail into Tech Town
EVEN AS SILICON VALLEY'S first-generation CEOs steer their Lexus convertibles into the hills, impatient investors and young founders are hailing a second wave of corporate captain-a saltier breed skilled in scaling up businesses and building profitability....
Ode to "The Best CEO in America," in John Chambers' Words
In 17 years Michael grew Dell from $6 million to its current size of over $30 billion. This was in probably the toughest segment of high-tech with the best competitors. Yet he changed all the ground rules. And the patience he has today, it's like a young...
Pay in the Balance
COMPENSATION Some severance packages are so rich it's a wonder CEOs still work. Here's how to avoid shareholder ire in compensation. What a difference a year makes. In 1999, the outcry over CEO compensation was muted by spectacular shareholder returns....
Place Your Bets
CEOs play an increased role in technology decisions; they're tightening the strings, but not yet abandoning investments. If you want a glimpse into the way companies are changing priorities for information technology spending these days, H.J. Heinz Co....
Russia's Nigeria Connection
For businesses invested in Russia, recent developments have appeared positive. Many Russians themselves consider the election of Vladimir Putin a promising sign. They applaud their president's move to clean up Gazprom, and saw his replacement of the...
The Great Experiment Pays off, in Michael Dell's Words
I guess it's a great year to be a college drop-out. It might have been easier to win this award when our stock was increasing at hundreds of percent per year and our business was growing at tremendous rates. As we know, business is tough all over. But...
The Highs and Lows of Being a CEO
Of all the challenges a CEO faces today, simply showing up to accept the job would hardly rank near the top of anyone's list. But for L. Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco International, even that ceremonial occasion proved an endurance test of sorts. It was July...
There's a New Chief in Town
Welcome to the new Chief Executive. We've changed our logo (look again), we've revised our design, we've added new columnists, and we've retooled our departments. But the real changes in Chief Executive are those of attitude, focus, and mission: Rather...
The Revolving Door of Talent
ROUND TABLE IN THE EXECUTIVE ranks,, the war for talent rages on, fierce as ever. Here are some orders from CEOs on the front linesl Jordon, Pippin, Rodman, Kukoc, Kerr, Longley. Phil Jackson and his Chicago Bulls scored an unprecedented six championship...
What Excellence Isn't Enough
What seems like an eon ago, Tom Peters catapulted himself onto the national stage by co-authoring In Search of Excellence. Largely a paean to IBM, which at the time was the most powerful company on earth, this highly readable book was unimaginably successful,...
Why I Don't Take a Salary (and No, I'm Not Crazy)
About six years ago, Stanley Westreich, the head of Capital One's compensation committee, asked me if I was enjoying my job. I said that while I was having a fabulous time running Capital One, I was sometimes a bit wistful for the early days when we,...
Why the White House Drives Its CEOs Crazy
Vice President Dick Cheney is not known as Washington's wittiest after-dinner speaker. But not long ago, he offered this pithy assessment of why, after a career as White House Chief of Staff, Wyoming Congressman, and Defense Secretary during the Gulf...