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Articles from No. 160, October

Boards on Trial
The best boards evaluate their CEOs-and themselvesin hard-nosed fashion. The worst are asleep at the switch, ineffective, and weak. Here are our picks for this year's five best and five worst and what each did, or didn't do, to make the grade. When we...
Built for Speed
Getting results by linking human performance with speed is no easy feat. But it's the litmus test for your company's ability to succeed in a marketplace that's compromising the capabilities of your workforce. A few years ago the rock star David Bowie...
CEOs in Danger
These days, a CEO is only as good as his last quarter, making the old adage that only the strong survive particularly apt. So maybe it's time to check the warning signs-before you're voted off the island. It's always been lonely at the top. Now it's...
Diary of a Disaster
The recent crash of an Air France Concorde demonstrates just how quickly word-and video footage-of a tragedy can cross the globe. A spotless reputation one minute, one marred by question marks the next-one disaster can quickly plunge even the most revered...
Don't Break the China
Imagine a world dominated, commercially as well as militarily, by a single nation. This nation looks nervously over its shoulders at a country across the waters whose industries are fast becoming competitive and whose military is getting stronger. Its...
Front Lines
Cell Phone MANIA If cell phones seem ubiquitous, that's because they are-especially in the Asia/Pacific market. Cellular phone service soared to 170.7 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2000, which is a 47 percent increase over the same period...
Hey Candidates, Analyze This!
Spin in politics is inevitable, but Gore and Bush could cut through the clutter by establishing a basic principle: just how much is government's rightful claim on the nation's economy? The total tax burden is the highest it's ever been-and understanding...
It's a Wonderful Life
THE NEW GANNETT CEO is 61 years old, and some people might think that anyone in his seventh decade would start to slow down on the golf course. But not McCorkindale. In fact, the six-handicapper has actually been looking for a little more from the game...
Letters
Dot-Com Meltdown To the Editor: I shared Joe Queenan's article about the dot-com phenomenon ("Full Disclosure," CE: July 'oo) with my senior team, both for the cleverness of the writing and the importance of the message. Clearly, a lot of people have...
Meyer's Many Shades of Grey
In the advertising business, Edward H. Meyer is something of an enigma. He's been CEO of Grey Global for 30 years-longer than any other leader among the top 10 ad agencies. But far from being a staid figurehead stubbornly grasping the reins, Meyer has...
Nouveau CE
As Oscar Wilde once observed, it's only shallow people who don't judge by appearances. Before the advent of the real new millennium, we thought it a propitious time to update the content, look, and style of CE. Part of our new conception involves delivering...
"Old Politics" in a New Economy
It's a standard election formula: Republicans run against Washington; Democrats run against Wall Street. Al Gore is right on script, attacking "big oil companies, the insurance companies, and HMOs." He serves up special ire for "big drug companies,"...
See No Evil
By the year 2010, the single largest industry in the U.S. will be the online privacy business, a new study finds. Though the industry is still in its infancy, with revenues only in the tens of millions of doltars, the study predicts that over the next...
The Director Wanna-Bes
Lots of people would like to be on the board of directors of a corporation. They think it would be interesting, prestigious, and financially rewarding. Most of these "wanna-bes" have little or no idea how much time it takes, what the risks and liabilities...
The Online Auction Boom
WITH MORE AND MORE brick-and-mortar companies on the prowl for new sales channels, online auctions are finding a niche. But the trend isn't without its critics; witness the hard hit taken by the B2C market on Wall Street from investors who question the...
The Trouble with Dot-Com Boards
Packed with friends and family and devoid of both experience and objectivity, most dot-com boards don't make the corporate governance grade. Here's why it matters. Once an icon of Internet commerce, Amazon.com has emerged, of late, as the whipping boy...