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Articles from No. 101, March

Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
In 1985, when the ruler of Dubai announced the formation of Emirates, the country's first commercial airline, he summoned his nephew, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, to head the operation. Talk about winging it: Sheikh Ahmed, who had graduated from...
Back to School
When a GE executive gets an invitation to make a "Pit" stop, he or she swallows hard and prepares to spend a little time on the hot seat.Never mind that the Pit is simply the main auditorium in Crotonville, the Ossining, NY, home of GE's Management Development...
Banking on Technology
F. Anthony Comper, president and chief operating officer of the mighty Bank of Montreal, says he has the best view in Toronto. From his book-lined office on the 88th floor of First Canadian Place, you can see the sun reflected off Lake Ontario, the gleaming...
Beyond the Millennium: CEOs Size Up the Future
RICHARD M. KOVACEVICH, NORWEST: commercial bank with $4.5 billion in revenues and $59.3 billion in assets. Future challenges facing the CEO of a financial services company such as Norwest include recognizing that leadership, employee attitude, and corporate...
CEOs at Risk
Once upon a time, a CEO could be pretty sure he or she would stay in the job from election until retirement. The positions that carried risky tenure were chief operating officer, division president, and staff department head. Once you became CEO, you...
Fields' Law of Cost and Consistency
Some time ago, my wife Debbi visited one of her Mrs. Fields Cookies stores in Hawaii and found that her brand-name cookies were coming out like little crumbly cakes. She was not a happy camper. A Toys 'R' Us manager found that popular Barbie dolls on...
For Whom the Bell Tolls
THE BELL CURVE: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life By Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. The Free Press, 845 pp., $30."Creep," "bizarre," "nasty," "indecent," "ugly," and "grisly" are just some of the adjectives that have been used...
Gilbert F. Amelio
Gil Amelio is not one to let the chips fall here they may. With the market rapidly expanding for electronic chips that facilitate advanced communications--including those that link computers--the president and CEO of National Semiconductor has redoubled...
Here Comes ... Mercosur!
While recent headlines concentrated on the monetary crisis in Mexico and the possible impact on the North American Free Trade Agreement, another regional integration program was formally initiated. The presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay--representing...
Joseph Hardiman
The financial markets have had a somewhat uneven time the last two years, but the Nasdaq Stock Market may be experiencing the rockiest time of all. After a decade of playing catch-up, the computerized exchange that edged past rival New York Stock change...
Keeping Up with the Customer
Many companies, large and think they can sell the same goods and services to the same buyers forever. Founders of these short-sighted firms don't realize that customer demand changes. Moreover, there are many groups of customers, each with its own requirements....
Making Charity Truly Charitable
If we took the more than $350 billion the federal government spends on welfare and divide it among people below the poverty line, we could give each of them $8,939 a year. That's nearly $36,000 for a family of four.If we're spending that much to fight...
Paper's Tiger
At characteristic high-speed, without a shred of modesty, Al Dunlap rattles off a blue book's worth of reasons why his clean sweep of Scott Paper ranks among the greatest corporate turn-around stories ever. He follows with a stern lecture about the failings...
Reality Bites: The Dark Side of Layoffs
Faced with tough economic times, some chief executives--including many so-called turnaround experts-chop the work force first and ask questions later. Wielding an ax is a quick way to cut costs; support share price; and cast the CEO as a tough, no-nonsense...
R. M. Rickenbach
Rick Rickenbach strides over to a painted backdrop showing the Capitol at night, plants his feet in the painted shoe marks on the floor, straightens his shoulders, and takes on a serious countenance. "How's this?" he asks. "Do I look like I belong in...
The Equitable's Race for Assets
Walking through the faux marble halls of The Equitable's New York headquarters, one sees but a fraction of Richard Jenrette's collection of Early American prints, landscape paintings, and Regency furniture, the likes of which might be the envy of many...
The Learning Organization
Two management theorists, Peter Senge at MIT and Charles Handy of the London Business School, are most associated with the idea that companies must harness the power of organizational learning if they expect to be on the leading edge. Senge, whose work...
The Mentoring Message
The key to successful employee development is communicating the vision and values that make a company strong, then seeing that each employee lives the vision and exemplifies the values. Loyalties may start with a belief in company products, and they...
The Pied Piper of Learning
According to a Zen proverb, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. With corporations pushed to the wall by the technological and competitive demands of the Information Age, and searching for answers, a master has arrived in the form of Peter...
The Power of Lean
Climb aboard America's new lean machine: a streamlined industrial corporation that eliminates wasted time and effort. Just the latest management trend, you say? Not so: Quick, lean, worker-empowered manufacturing is the key to long-term survival in an...
What's Right Is Right
Several years ago, I was riding a city bus when it stopped short. For the next 15 minutes the 26 passengers sat, while the president of the United States and his entourage passed. Many people on the bus didn't particularly care for the president. Many...
William G. Parzybok Jr
Bill Parzybok suffered only one disappointment when he accomplished the feat of scaling Mt. Rainier two years ago. The guide service wouldn't allow the experienced climber to plant a flagpole containing a microfilm copy of his company's mission statement...