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Articles from No. 121, March

Beating Technology Overload
Flipping through an airline magazine, returning from a board meeting in Palm Springs, you stumble across an article about a miraculous new technology that promises to increase sales, efficiency, employee morale, maybe even lower your cholesterol, and...
Bring Back the Fizz
The trouble with traditional advertising is that too often it bores everyone-the consumers who read, see or hear it, the clients who pay for it, and even the ad agencies that create it. Many chief executives I talk to about marketing and advertising...
CEO without an Office
James Hackett will never make the list of the 10 toughest bosses in America, and that's definitely how he wants it. His management style as president and CEO of Steelcase, the Grand Rapids, Ml, office furniture giant, includes gambits like his weekly...
Computing's Second Punic War
Java, the network-centric computing platform, is Sun Microsystems's serious bid for business users. With it, CEO Scott McNealy is setting in motion a wider conflict over who will control computing's future. That Microsoft is rapidly extending its hegemony...
Creative Leadership: Jazzing Up Business
Want an asset your competition can't duplicate? Hire nonconformists; give them the tools to create, and set them free. Some corporate leaders attribute their success to a critical core competency. They argue that their efforts at strategic reorientation...
Giving It All Away
For CEOs and other high earners, retirement planning is like playing golf in bubble gum: Everything is holding you back. For starters, $150,000 is the maximum income you can use to calculate your taxsheltered pension contribution. Further, if a large...
Grueling Experiences
In the next five years, a new survey shows, Americans will increase their consumer electronics purchases by a whopping 17 percent, augment their home improvement expenditures by 15 percent, and shell out an additional 15 percent of their incomes on general...
Know Thy Company's Value
In this age of IPOs, acquisitions, recapitalizations, LBOs and MBOs, private company chief executives would be remiss not to ask themselves what their companies are worth-and to whom. Sadly, the concept of founding a business, building it over a period...
Letters
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE To the Editor: As usual, the team of Lear and Yavitz has given us some clear guidelines to follow for the governance of the corporate board. It has been obvious to us that they, too, have witnessed the amount of pentup frustration...
Magic School Buzz
A guy, fresh out of Harvard and an aspiring writer, eschews joining his father's modest publishing company, choosing to support himself instead through a series of laborer jobs-bricklayer, lumberyard worker, railroad switchman-then goes back to graduate...
Mean and Meaner
MEAN BUSINESS By Albert J. Dunlap with Bob Andelman. Random House, Times Books. 289 pp. $25.00 It is difficult to read "Mean Business" without losing your temper. That's because Al "Chainsaw" Dunlap, its hero and author, is arguably the most egotistical,...
Myanmar's Age of Aquarius
As part of its ambitious-if somewhat eccentriccampaign to lure investment, Myanmar's military government publishes a monthly horoscope for visiting representatives of foreign companies. According to a recent issue, Aquarius investors in Myanmar "will...
No Pain, No Gain
It's sometimes possible to confuse good management with a good year. But a true corporate winner is the firm that builds the competitive muscle to succeed in spite of a favorable business climate-not because of one. Hockeying for position in an increasingly...
Not Waiting for Perot
He was born in a small Texas town called Comfort, but Les Alberthal, Jr. did not become chief executive of computer services leader Electronic Data Systems doing things in a comfortable way. And now that EDS is newly independent, Alberthal is not about...
Professionalism in the Boardroom
Last November, in this magazine, Dean Boris Yavitz and I picked the Five Worst and Five Best Boards in the U.S. The Five Worst were Mirage Resorts, Nucor, H.J. Heinz, Maxxam, and Warnaco. The year before our Five Worst were Archer Daniels Midland, Morrison...
Reflection on Russia
Despite five years of capitalism, many corporate leaders remain wary of investing in Russia. According to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Russia gleaned just $3.1 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI) between 1989 and 1995....
The Buck Stops Here
As Congress continues to look for legislative answers to society's problems, an undue burden is falling on business. Historically, federal mandates require states to perform certain services, such as providing education or health care. For many years,...
The Paths to Growth
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for its growth rate. The economy's in great shape, but we aren't growing as fast as we could be. Here's how you can help. AMERICA IS ON TOP AGAIN. Five years after losing out to the Japanese...
The Trouble with Social Security
DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS ARE CATCHING UP WITH INHERENT FLAWS IN OUR NATION'S RETIREMENT PROGRAM. IN ABOUT A DECADE, THE: BABY-BOOM GENERATION WILL BEGIN TO RETIRE, FORCING SHARP RISES IN OUTLAYS THAT WILLBANKRUPT THE SYSTEM. AS THE DAY OF RECKONONG EDGES CLOSER....
This Bud's for You
Growing up with Jim McCann, according to accounts from the CEO's siblings-several of whom now hold key positions within his $300-million-a-year company-was like "growing up with Alex Keaton from the TV sitcom Family Ties." Like Keaton, the clean-cut,...