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Articles from No. 232, March

Are Your Employees Truly Engaged?
Having the right strategy is good. Aligning your workforce with it is better.Few industries are more cutthroat than retailing. Competitors are subject to rapidly changing trends, and the whims of a fickle public can make a store that's hot one year passé...
Bubble Trouble
Stroll through any supermarket beverage aisle today and you'll probably see at least a dozen brands of water. In fact, a good portion of space devoted predominately to various soft drinks a decade ago is now occupied by a variety of regional natural...
Building a Better Innovation Model
How can leaders instill a culture that both fosters inventive ideas and cultivates the people and processes that create them?Forget focus groups. Sure, identifying a customer need is a great first step in the innovation process. But most customers haven't...
Confidence Plummets after Modest Recovery
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXTHE ECONOMY MAY NOT BE TURNING AROUND any time soon, according to 261 top executives surveyed. The CEO Confidence Index fell sharply in February after a modest recovery in December and January. The overall index, which tracks the...
Feedback
Would a CEO Make a Good President?In an online column Chief Executive asked why CEOs are largely underrepresented from the ranks of political leaders, particularly those seeking the presidency (Mitt Romney notwithstanding).I agree that most CEOs would...
Global, Mobile and Growing
CEO WATCHAfter a series of mergers and acquisitions, U.K.-based Vodafone Group Plc now boasts revenues of $61.2 billion, operations in 25 countries and 60,000 employees whose mix of nationalities reflect its global business. The world's largest mobile...
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. The increase in the frequency of Fortune 100 CEO departures in the five years following the enactment...
Innovation as Contact Sport
In a study conducted by McKinsey on Leadership and Innovation (www.mckinseyquarterty.com ), researchers found a sizeable gap between the aspirations of business leaders to innovate and their ability to execute. Some 70 percent of the top 722 executives...
Leading Your Business to MAXIMUM RESULTS
Three questions every executive needs to answer-and the tools for getting the answers. BY DREW MORRISIn Part 1 of this two-part feature (CE, January/February), we showed how to answer the first two of three key questions that must be addressed in order...
Mining Momentum
Meet Steve Harman, Shell Oil's go-to man when a division needs to fuel growth. Harman grew up in Durham, a small mining village in the U.K. Raised in a coal-mining family, he left school and entered the pits at age 16. Two years later, Harman was back...
Our Health Care Apocalypse
CONSISTENCY, COMPLEXITY AND CHRONIC ILLNESS ARE THE THREE RIDERS.The political dialogue and the media coverage focused on "reforming the U.S. health care system" misses the central point-the U.S. has no health care "system" to reform. What we have is...
Perfect Vision, Better Dialogues
Correcting "blind spots" can boost decision-making effectiveness, BY CAROLINE FIRSTBROOKConstructive, efficient debate among executives has never been more necessary. Globalization and the emergence of a multi-polar world is introducing new competition...
Permanence & Politics
Is uncertainty in leadership good or bad?It struck me when I was writing two articles at the same time, both on politics, largely late at night. One was for an American publication on the new generation of Chinese leadership, appointed last October at...
Roadster Roundup
These four roadsters deliver style and substance.roadsters are the quintessential driving machines. Two doors and two seats, a powerful engine, taut suspension and a movable roof are all you really need if you want to focus on the thrill of being behind...
Squashed
LET'S STAMP OUT INCOHERENT SPORTS METAPHORS. BY JOE QUEENANI rate shareholders, meddlesome hedge fund managers, know-it-all private equity guys and even the man in the street often act as if being a chief executive officer is a day at the beach, a stroll...
The Innovation Playbook
How do you generate growth in a mature market with tough aggressive competitors and an outside activist breathing down your neck convinced he can do better?Usually when shareholder activists call on a CEO demanding a slate of new board directors, its...
The Power of Green
Green Mountain Energy was more than ahead of the curve-it was almost ahead of its time. Founded over a decade ago, when ecofriendliness was still widely associated with tree-hugging, the Vermont-based company had a tough slog initially convincing retail...
Trial by Fire
Who better to clean up an accounting mess than a new CEO with a background in finance? That must have been the thinking when Sacramento, Calif.-based Unify recruited Todd Wille in mid-2000. More than a CPA with considerable CFO experience under his belt,...
What Will Biotech Bring?
The biotech revolution brings breakthroughs in cures, food and energy production.Humanity has experienced a number of production revolutions-agriculture, industrial/ steam, industrial/electricity, information and now the biotechnology production revolution....
Why Do Some Politicians Still Not Get It?
EDITORIALTHE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FORCE THEIR IDEAS on you are generally the people with the ideas most divorced from common sense. The populist Zeitgeist throughout the Presidential primaries couldn't be clearer: business is the skunk at the garden party....