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Articles from No. 230, December

Agenda 2008
The next year-and the decade to comepromise to be full of challenges for the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. So Chief Executive asked business leaders from a wide range of industries: What issues or challenges will be uppermost in your mind, for you,...
A Prescription for Health Care
What can be done to improve the cost and quality of medical care? BY JENNIFER PELLETThe numbers are shocking. The U.S. spends $2 trillion a year on its health system- 50 percent more per capita than any other nation. Yet, as many as 90,000 Americans...
Are We Having Fun Yet?
FOX'S NEW STRATEGY FOCUSES ON FROTH. BY JOE QUEENANThe day the Fox Business Channel debuted, the normally abrasive talk show host Bill O'Reilly advised anchors Neil Cavuto and Alexis Smith to "have fun with it." Since then, the news team has taken the...
Are You Going Gray?
PIRATES MAY BE SIPHONING PROFITS FROM YOUR VALUE CHAIN. BY JOHN FERREIRACEOs have tremendous power to control the gray market-piracy that robs firms of profits, brand integrity, channel viability and customer satisfaction. Yet few companies aggressively...
Best Companies for LEADERS
In CE's third annual ranking, GE again eclipses P&G for top honors... but only just. BY J.P. DONLONPeter Drucker was quoted as saying that "the army trains and develops more leaders than do all other institutions together-and with a lower casualty...
Breaking on Through
Keith McFarland's tenures as CEO of two top technology firms and associate dean of Pepperdine University's business school taught him a thing or two about what it takes to achieve extraordinary performance. But the founder of McFarland Strategy Partners...
Capital Ideas
With the U.S. economy reeling from the triple threat of defaults among subprime mortgage holders, a housing market correction, and market volatility, most lenders are tightening purse strings, if not running outright for the hills. But not GE Commercial...
CEO Confidence Continues to Decline
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXHITTING THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE JULY 2003, CEO confidence continued to decline in October, falling 2 percent to 127.5 points. This month's polling, which was conducted among 536 C-level executives, highlighted the divergence between...
Debunking Disruption
Hear the word "disruption" and you probably imagine something negative. After all, the term was once used to describe a particularly gory method of execution. These days, it's often business-speak to downplay disappointments such as a drastically delayed...
Excellent Executor
Harriet Green was enjoying a 12-year tenure at Arrow Electronics, when the London-based firm Premier Farnell came calling. The electronic component and industrial products distribution company's former CEO, John Hirst, had stepped down in July 2005 after...
Feedback
Why the Atom Is the AnswerRegardless of the true underlying causes of global warming-whether man-made, or natural cycles in the earth's atmospheric and weather patterns-we are confronted with a massive problem that needs our urgent attention. As you...
Identifying Leaders
Sometimes we are prisoners of other people's paradigms. The problem with most companies, even those with strong management, is that there are few mechanisms for bottom-up renewal. As a result, change happens in convulsions usually involving a crisis....
IN Fact
Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge.1. Percent growth, in the past 12 months, of the Iraqi dinar against the US dollar | +19.62. Number of previously unknown airplane wrecks...
Investing in Integrity
IT'S NOT AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS, BUT IT'S WORTH THE WORK. BY CHRIS BEGLEYIt's now three years since Hospira, the company I am privileged to lead, spun off from Abbott Laboratories. During those three years, we have done some things wrong, and more right,...
MEASURING THE Black Box
How to design and implement innovation metrics. BY SCOTT D. ANTHONY, STEVEN FRANSBLOW AND STEVE WUNKERMore than two decades ago, management guru Tom Peters penned an editorial titled "What Gets Measured Gets Done." Indeed, one of the findings from the...
Property Pursuit
With manufacturing moving to developing economies and world commerce sending everything from computer chips to miniskirts scuttling across the globe, one thing is clear: Companies need places to park their stuff. In fact, they need bigger, better and...
Stars and Keepers
How do you retain key talent amid merger mayhem?About half of all mergers and acquisitions fail to deliver value, depending on what study you're reading. This high failure rate has persisted despite the fruits of experience, such as today's emphasis...
The Board Bungled It
EDITORIALFOR ONE PRE-EMINENT FINANCIAL organization to lose its CEO is a misfortune, but for two prominent companies to lose their CEOs begins to look like carelessness. When Citigroup's Charles O. Prince III and Merrill Lynch & Co.'s E. Stanley...
THE GULF'S Financial Tidal Wave
The Persian Gulf and China are driving a game-changing tectonic shift in global power, BY ROBERT LAWRENCE KUHNI write from Riyadh, near the center of Saudi Arabia, having driven across the Saudi desert following meetings and a wonderful lunch at the...