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When Leaders Seek Leaders

Trained as an electrical engineer, George Buckley, 61, held executive positions at British Rail, Emerson and Brunswick Corp., where he was CEO, before replacing the interim CEO at 3M after Jim McNerney left for Boeing. The Sheffield, UK-born executive is a proud Yorkshireman—“a Yorkshireman is a Scotsman who lost his generosity when he went south,” he deprecates. He thinks of ...

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Thorns & Roses

ROSE…Governor ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S testy refusal to step aside in the face of FBI wiretaps that reveal his attempt to auction Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder is the gift that keeps on giving. The corruption cabaret that is a centerpiece of Illinois politics in general and Chicago in particular will now have an extended media run, much to ...

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Mr. President, Let’s Not Piddle Around

DURING HIS SOARING INAUGURATION speech President Barack Obama said it’s not the size of government that matters but whether it’s effective. He also added that “The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act.” Fair enough, but what kind of action can we expect?With his party controlling both the House and the Senate, Obama ...

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Virtual Marketing Benefits for the CEO

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Almost every company has a web site these days. But, are you using the internet to market more effectively? The internet has allowed marketers to promote their value propositions and talk directly to customers in ways never before possible. And, we constantly hear that this way of one-to-one marketing has fostered more customer centric strategies.However, from what I see not every CEO ...

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Saturn – A Lesson for CEOs

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When GM introduced Saturn with great fanfare back in 1990 I wondered to myself “will this new GM brand ever be what it can be, or will it just become another tarnished brand added to the heap along with all the others”?Remember the “little” Cadillac brand – the Cimarron? Or, the Chevy – Vega? How about the Pontiac – Aztec, ...

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An Audacious Opportunity

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA IS signaling that his administration intends to stiffen regulations on business, the environment and the workplace. Obama repeatedly tied his opponent to Bush’s “failed deregulatory policies.”If only it were so. “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble,” Will Rogers once said. “It’s what we know that ain’t so.” The truth is that the Bush record ...

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Thorns & Roses

ROSE€¦To vice presidential hopeful SARAH PALIN for exposing the hypocrisy and ugly rage of “progressive” feminists, the mainstream media and far left blogosphere whose doctrinaire “inclusive tolerance” was nowhere to be seen in their desperate attempts trying to portray the accomplished first-term Alaska governor as a bimbo. Despite the outcome on election day Palin’s power to connect with everyday citizens, ...

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FeedBack

Severance When CEO Gets the BootEditor’s Note: In an Online Conversation with the Editor, “It Worked for Spitzer,” CE asked what should be done-apart from having ambitious attorneys general demogoging business leaders-about generous severance and bonus payments when a CEO gets the boot for poor performance.When I rejoined MBIA as chairman and CEO in February of this year, the issue ...

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