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Amazon and The Scandalmongers

Amazon and The Scandalmongers

March 8, 2018

Moral hysteria is a weapon of mass confusion: a labor activist alleged that Jeff Bezos is skimping on warehouse wages. Then it turned out the activist forgot to pay its research interns. The Olympic pool at the North Randall Mall before Amazon (photo: shermancahal.com) For the 850 mostly African... read more

Jeff Bezos: 24 Rules of Corporate Coolness

Jeff Bezos: 24 Rules of Corporate Coolness

February 6, 2018

Why do customers fall in love with some companies and move away from others? If you’re invited to meet with Jeff Bezos, always prepare to reach for a larger purpose. Not long ago, he met with his senior team to discuss the latest customer metrics, but typically, he hijacked the session to talk about something more interesting: why do customers fall in love with some companies and move away from others, as if they gave off an odor?read more

The Worst Gamble of Steve Wynn's Life

The Worst Gamble of Steve Wynn’s Life

February 5, 2018

The media can now add Wynn’s name to the cast of Weinstein, Spacey, and Lauer, a Mount Rushmore of sexual harassers. But he has the unfortunate distinction of being the only public company CEO.read more

Trump's Triumph at Davos

Trump’s Triumph at Davos

January 29, 2018

But the real irony was the warm reception given to Donald Trump’s keynote address. Could this be a sign that Trump has matured? Or was it “The Davos Effect” — if you survive a media onslaught, notoriety turns into celebrity?read more

For Meg Whitman, 61 Is The New 21

For Meg Whitman, 61 Is The New 21

January 25, 2018

Why did the most experienced woman in Silicon Valley, Meg Whitman (61), leave venerable Hewlett Packard to join a mobile content startup venture aptly named NewTV? Because Jeffrey Katzenberg, former co-founder of Dreamworks SKG, asked her to.read more

The Prosecutor Who Put Ambition Above The Law

The Prosecutor Who Put Ambition Above The Law

January 8, 2018

U.S. Attorney Andrew Stolper, an ambitious litigator looking for headlines and a promotion, decided taking down executives was the way to go.read more

How To Disagree With The President by General David Petraeus

How To Disagree With The President by General David Petraeus

January 2, 2018

The first lesson a senior executive learns is there aren’t many good ways to disagree with the CEO.read more

Jeff Cunningham Who Gets Blames When the CEO Dies

Who Gets Blamed When The CEO Dies?

December 26, 2017

CEOs and their boards defer to activist investors in the short term but should they resist them when making longer-term decisions?read more

At Caterpillar, Strategy Starts With The Board

At Caterpillar, Strategy Starts With The Board

December 18, 2017

Lengthy tomes are written about how to conceive corporate strategy but few companies implement it as well as Caterpillar.read more

Did Jeff Immelt Fumble the GE handoff?

Did Jeff Immelt Fumble the GE Handoff?

December 8, 2017

Once considered the best-managed company in America, a stalwart top 10 in the S&P 500 with a dividend safer than Fort Knox, GE has suffered a series of crushing blows to its reputation.read more