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Articles from No. 198, May

A Different Tack
Cincinnati Bell's Phillip Cox says true diversity is about finding similarities.At Cincinnati Bell, "diversity" is a dirty word, says Phillip Cox, chairman of the telecom company, who sees employee programs targeted to minority groups as creating anxiety...
African Dream
TRAVELExperiencing the modern safari, as nature and luxury take their course. BY CAIT MURPHYYou never forget your first giraffe-at least I won't. Shortly after returning to our Land Rover after a walk in the bush, we heard the electric cry: "Giraffe!"...
CEO: Chief Education Officer
HOW TO DEAL WITH AN INDEPENDENT BOARDChief executives don't get to shape their companies' boards like they used to. Increasingly, they're dealing with larger numbers of independent directors, thanks to the Sarbanes-Oxlcy Act and new stock exchange listing...
CEOs Say "No" to Government-Run Health Care
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXOVERALL, CEO Confidence increased slightly in April after two months of decline. But corporate leaders remain deeply concerned about rising health care costs, which they believe are hitting their bottom lines. What they don't want...
Comcast Looks beyond Disney
TECHNOLOGYCONTRARY TO popular wisdom, Comcast's attempted merger with Disney isn't the chief concern of CEO Brian Roberts. The head of the nation's largest cable company faces a more crucial mission: fending off the challenge of satellite TV.Comcast's...
Diversity at Kodak
CEO Dan Carp is "dead serious" about it.In 2003, Washington, D.C-.based Diversity Best Practices and the Business Women's Network named Daniel Carp one of 10 CEOs who demonstrated outstanding leadership in the area of workplace diversity. In the following...
Driving Diversity
CEOs get it: Diverse work forces make for better companies. The question is, how do you get there?For years, CEOs have paid only lip service to diversity. In the 1980s, when the term began popping up in boardrooms of progressive companies, multicultural...
Feedback
What the Economy NeedsAlthough informative, the opinions of the CEOs interviewed about the domestic U.S. economy in your April cover story ("A Fragile Recovery") focused on factors considered beyond their control. It would be interesting to learn what...
Germany's Moment of Truth
Can the largest economy in Europe remain competitive?Ulrich Schumacher was the man German trade unions loved to hate. As chief executive of the world's sixth-largest chip maker Infineon Technologies -and an avid Porsche racer-he pushed hard for performance-based...
Health Care MELTDOWN
As costs continue to spiral, here's what CEOs can do to stave off a crisis. BY RUSS MITCHELLTo stay competitive with low-wage, low-benefits Wal-Marts moving into Southern California, Safeway and other supermarket chains earlier this year tried to persuade...
India's Outsourcing Boom
Sure, the infrastructure is bad. But India's huge labor pool suggests the growth may last. BY REBECCA FANNINThe bumpy roads leading to Bangalore's Electronics City are thronged with rickshaws, overcrowded buses, mopeds, noisy old trucks, ox-drawn carts...
Little GIANTS
You don't have to be big to be global. Some of the best players are smart and small.After Medrad decided a few years ago to start exporting its medical diagnostic imaging products to Germany, the Indianola, Pa.-based company stumbled immediately. It...
Making the Grade
Ted Teng helped Wyndham raise its diversity score.When the NAACP gave hotel chain Wyndham International a "D-" on its 2000 diversity report card, Ted Teng, the company's president and COO, took its poor showing as a wake-up call. "A lot of companies...
On the Virtues of Travel
Leaders of many big companies already spend a fair amount of time in world capitals. But too many CEOs prefer to stay close to home and allow a vice president to tell them what they need to know about global markets.That's a mistake, and I've been reminded...
Opting Out
The public markets look better, but there are still plenty of reasons for CEOs to take their companies private.By 2002, more than Haifa century after it was founded, Lillian Vcrnon Corp. was definitely showing its age. The gifts and houscwares cataloger...
Outsourcing IT Headaches Is No Answer
OFTEN THE PROBLEM THAT NEEDS FIXING IS MANAGEMENT.Your CIO is proposing to outsource what he considers some IT "headaches," such as maintaining old legacy systems and answering help-desk calls. Hc points out that these are commodity-like functions that...
Tennis, Everyone?
ESSAYHere's hoping that golf finally loses its grip as the favorite sport of CEOs.Ever since the late 1970s, when more than 20 million Americans regularly played on local public courts or enjoyed social doubles at the club, tennis has been losing ground...
The Health Care Dilemma
EDITORIALTHE TIME HAS COME for CEOs to elevate health care to the top of your agendas. It's not just an issue for Human Resources or the Chief Financial Officer. What's ultimately at stake is the ability of companies to make money in view of exploding...
This Story Was Written in Calcutta
EVEN ARTICLES ABOUT OUTSOURCING ARE BEING OUTSOURCED.The outsourcing of American jobs has quickly emerged as one of the major issues of the presidential campaign. These days, it's impossible to open a newspaper or turn on the news without being assaulted...
Verizon's Multicultural Moves
To deliver the right product, you need the right people on the team.At Verizon, 30 percent of the company's markets are multicultural. Further, two-thirds of the U.S. s growing Hispanic population is concentrated in four of the company's largest markets...
What to Look for When Hiring a CEO
THE MOST CRITICAL SKILLS ARE THE ONES YOU CAN'T QUANTIFY.As a three-time CEO and now director on a number of boards, I can attest that directors have learned a lot in recent years about hiring chief executives. For one thing, they're trying harder to...