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Articles from No. 237, November/December

Agenda 2009
With the financial meltdown of 2008 bringing Wall Street and much of the U.S. economy to its knees, CEOs continue to reel from the credit shock blowback. Many say we are in a recession but are not certain how long and hard it will prove to be. Chief...
Banking on Businesses
Seven years ago, 65 HSBC execu- tives simultaneously jumped ship to embark on an unlikely adventure: launching a brand new bank at a time when most financial institutions were consolidating. HSBC would later point to Joseph DePaolo, the former Republic...
By the Numbers
Dennis Gillings has a flair for numbers - and for good timing. He founded the pharmaceuticals research company Quintiles Transnational while working as a biostatistics college professor back in 1982, at a time when drug companies were increasingly overwhelmed...
CEOs in Tumultuous Times
What's different, what isn't and what you will need to do to elevate your leadership in the tough times immediately ahead.Even before the recent Wall Street debacle, CEOs had begun asking: How much more difficult, complex and volatile is the CEO job...
CEO Wealth Creators . . . and Destroyers
In the first annual Chief Executive/Applied Finance Group Wealth Creation Rankings we size up the best and worst performers of the S&P 500 over the last three years.VALUE. Creating and sustaining it is what CEOs are supposed to do. Creating a lot...
Common CEO Mistakes
HOW TO AVOID BEHAVIOR THAT OFFENDS WALL STREET.A critical aspect of Wall Street and investor appraisal of a company entails evaluating management: gauging executive quality, character and values. Executive demeanor speaks volumes to investors, and what...
Confidence Index in Free Fall
IN NOVEMBER POLLING OF 266 CEOs the Chief Executive Confidence Index, Cunent Index, Future Index, Business Condition Index and Employment Index all reached their lowest levels ever. Only the Investment Confidence rose slightly (5.4 points). Business...
Do CEOs Still Matter?
FAILURES DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP IMPORT. BY THOMAS J. NEFFWith the intense criticisrn CEOs suffer today, especially for their compensation, it is tempting to ask if they still matter. The easiest way to understand why they do, and should be compensated...
FedEx's Fred Smith Sees Hybrids as Central to the Nation's Energy Future
CEO WATCHCEO Watch recently caught up with Fred Smith, founder and CEO of Federal Express, a $39 billion enterprise that had its origins, in part, as an economic thesis that got a C grade from a professor who argued that few people would pay a premium...
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 . Sum spent by Time Warner buying back shares since August 2005 | $22.5 billion2. Price change of...
Pushing the Envelope
PUTTING THE KIBOSH ON EMAIL COULD SAVE THE ECONOMY. BY JOE QUEENANSometimes the solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem is staring us right in the face. Beethoven used to bust flimsy harpsichords into smithereens until somebody hit on the practical...
The Buyback Bust?
Companies spend hundreds of millions on stock buyback programs that seldom achieve their intended goal. BY C.J. PRINCEIn late September, as the financial markets reeled from the Wall Street meltdown, General Electric revised its guidance downward and...
The Costs of CEO Failure
Getting it wrong costs the economy as much as $13.8 billion. BY NAT STODDARD AND CLAIRE WYCKOFFDuring the last half of the 1990s, turnover rates of CEOs of major North American corporations were consistently in the 10 percent to 1 1 percent range or...
The Employee No Choice Act
Watch out. The EFCA could lead to the partial nationalization of all unionized firms. BY RICHARD A. EPSTEINNow that Barack Obama has won the presidency and Democrats control both houses of Congress, a major sea change in labor relations law is afoot....
Two CEOs, One Strategy
How two dissimilar companies employed similar innovation through employee engagement strategies to transform their companies.Innovation is becoming the lens through which leaders are directing a laser-like focus on business transformation. It's easy...
Understanding China III: Responsibility
Chinese leaders recognize the need to address issues like energy conservation, reduced emissions and economic inequities.The worldwide financial crisis, the most far-reaching economic dislocation since the Great Depression, has thrust China further into...
We Need More Women Leaders. Now What?
What works, what doesn't, and how you can do better.The statistics are sobering. Women hold 50.6 percent of management and professional positions, yet represent just 15.4 percent of Fortune 500 officers and only 2.4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. At a...
What, No Transparency?
Transparency. It's la mode juste; the new black. Everyone believes in it or is obliged to say they do. In the September Senate Banking Committee hearings, Treasury Sec- retary Hank Paulson called for transparency in the purchase of troubled assets under...