The Era of the Inclusive Leader

By Chuck Lucier, Steven Wheeler, and Rolf Habbel, strategy+business

As turnover levels off, our annual CEO succession study shows chief executives and their boards adopting new survival strategies.

Welcome to the era of the inclusive chief executive officer — a very different species from the “imperial” CEOs who roamed the corporate landscape not so long ago. Whereas imperial CEOs answered only to themselves, the power of today’s CEO is not as absolute: Boards of directors are becoming more critical and more closely involved in setting strategy, and are far more likely to insist that CEOs deliver acceptable shareholder returns (as well as demonstrate ethical conduct). Indeed, the data indicates that boards are increasingly prepared to replace CEOs in anticipation of disappointing future performance, instead of merely as punishment for poor past performance. At the same time, large shareholders like hedge funds and private equity firms are taking a more active role in decisions that were once the sole purview of the CEO.

First North American useR!, Iowa State University, Ames, August 8-10, 2007

The first North American useR! will be held at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, August 8-10, 2007. It follows on from successful meetings in Vienna, Austria, in 2006 and 2004. The meeting brings users and developers of R together to describe and discuss the latest developments in R and R packages. All R users are invited to attend and we encourage attendees from all disciplines to come along.

How Long Before Michael Dell Hires Carly Fiorina?

<ed.note>Min Liu was cool enough to leave a post which speaks for itself:</ed.note>

Perhaps he might’ve asked already…

A fellow Stanford alum and I recently sat down with Carly for iinnovate, a podcast on entrepreneurship and innovation:

She speaks on a variety of topics, from her time in college to the innovation in companies right now:

Let us know what you think!

Min, on behalf of the iinnovate team.

Health Care’s Retail Solution

by David Knott, Gary Ahlquist, and Rick Edmunds, strategy+business

New York, May 15, 2007 — The time is finally ripe for a transformation of the health-care industry, from a wholesale into a true retail marketplace. New formats like "mini-clinics," new modes of payment, and increased transparency may make the difference that legislators alone cannot. A Booz Allen Hamilton survey of consumers and physicians shows what’s needed to close the gap.