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Articles from No. 223, January/February

2017 Prediction: Expect Emissions Standards
The politics of climate change will add to company compliance burdens.For a good example of how external pressure could impact corporate managements in the next decade, consider the highly charged climate-change debate. More than 80 percent of large...
Building Brands
How do you build-and maintain-a global image?Looking back 50 years, building a brand seems a relatively straightforward affair-develop a great product and bring it to market with a catchy name and a creative ad campaign. Of course, it was never quite...
California Ranks Worst ...Again
SURVEYARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER came to Sacramento three years ago, proclaiming a mandate to change the political culture of California, and recently he reprised that with a vow to move past party politics and partisan divide. Business leaders in his state...
Claret Cure
Drink two glasses of red wine and call me in the morning.In the 1950's jingle, Chiquita Banana told us that "Bananas taste the best and are the best for you." Who knew the same was true of red wine?As I travel around talking to corporate audiences about...
Deep-Sixing Six Sigma
STOCK PRICES SINK AFTER IMPLEMENTATION. CHARLES HOLLANDWhen Jack Welch, then-CEO of Genral Electric, touted Six Sigma in his book Straight From The Gut in 2001, the so-called improvement strategy was quickly embraced by Corporate America. The trend began...
Eggonomics for States
EDITORIALJEAN-BAPTISTE COLBERT, France's finance minister under Louis XIV, once remarked that the art of taxation lay in knowing how to pluck the goose with a minimum of squealing. Perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliot Spitzer and Deval Patrick, the respective...
Feedback
Bleeding OrangeIn an online commentary, "Time Out Between Nardelli Meltdowns," CE ventured that in the rush to score Home Depot and its board for its generous severance of deposed chief Bob Nardelli, the fact that these arrangements were contractually...
Globalization Gone Awry?
As markets evolve, onerous regulations and a punitive tort system may be driving companies out of the U.S.For decades, globalization has been heralded as an opportunity for tremendous growth. And, in fact, the integration of economies around the world...
Learn from the Stars
These eight central ideas of modern cosmology can be applied to today's companies."Grand Thinking" makes great companies. I criticize CEOs when they don't see its importance, and I am frustrated when they do see its importance but don't make time for...
Leveraging the Eco-Advantage
Two eco-aware CEOs explain their business models.In his book Green to Gold, co-author Andrew Winston argues that "behind the Green Wave lie two interlocking sources of pressure: First, the limits of the natural world could constrain business operations,...
Mastering Global Growth
The CEO Summit culminated in a summary discussion with participants Ed Madden, vice chairman of Fidelity Management Trust Company, and Martin Sullivan, CEO of AIG, who shared their views on coping with global competition, the coming war for talent and...
Meet the New Boss
CEO turnover among the S&P 500 in 2006 reached 14 percent. It was even higher-20 percent-for companies in the 401 to 500 rank. Retirement was the most common reason, at 43 percent, for appointing a new CEO. Last year, CEOs who stepped down accounted...
Riding the Global Value Chain
Today, practically anything can be made almost anywhere and sold somewhere else. That's the bottom line of global transparency and access. It's grown by leaps and bounds and is spurring economic growth and enhanced human welfare globally, particularly...
Seeking Trust?
Mind the three R's of good governance.A new reality confronts CEOs and boards today. It includes greater shareholder activism, more independent boards, crossborder regulatory cooperation, greater media and rating agency scrutiny, and customers who increasingly...
Succeeding at a Shake-Up
HOW TO LEAD THROUGH DISORIENTING CHANGE. BY MARTY LINSKYMost discussion about leadership focuses on the personal traits or skills needed to get people to follow someone in authority through good times and bad. But often we spend too much time thinking...
TaLKiNG TRasH
Garbage in, profits out might sound like a dubious business model. But it's working for Tom Szaky, who dropped out of Princeton to sell worm poop.The original idea for TerraCycle came to Tom Szaky when, as a 19-year-old Princeton student, he and his...
Tempus Fugit
CEO TURNOVER INSPIRES A NEW BUSINESS CONCEPT. BY JOE QUEENANAmerica has often been described as a jobs factory masquerading as a society. Not only does this country constantly create millions of new jobs for its citizens, fueling the most powerful economy...
What Does It Take to Stay at the Top?
The fast-changing business climate demands a whole new CEO skill set.Through the years, the ideal qualifications for a CEO have undergone evolutionary changes. Never has the menu of required skill sets changed as much as it has in the past five to 10...
What's Ahead for CEOs
The past decade brought big changes to boardrooms and business practices; here's what to expect over the next 10 years.The year is 2017, and the past decade has been a bruiser for Corporate America on the governance and regulatory fronts. Shareholders...
What's So Good about Good Corporate Governance?
Does "going the extra mile" drive value? CEOs aren't so sure.Over the years, various organizations have claimed companies with a better governance structure have a better share price rating than their competitors. But Dennis Shaughnessy, chairman of...
Wisdom from Weill
MANAGEMENTIn The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy, Sandy Weill, former chairman and CEO of Citigroup, offers a candid recounting of his career. The resulting account spans the birth of Citigroup, the triumphs and tribulations of building...