GM CEO Dan Akerson recently asked his top execs to think like the competition and exploit GM's Achilles' heels. More companies should be following suit. By Shelley DuBoisJul 6, 2011 1:04 PM ET
By Doron Levin, contributor
Everyone knows how Ford hocked the Blue Oval to survive the downturn. No one remembers the CFO who did it was a holdover from the prior regime.
FORTUNE -- Amid the adulation that has engulfed CEO Alan Mulally for leading the remarkable turnaround at Ford Motor Co., the feat of one key Ford (F) finance executive recedes into history's footnotes. The underappreciated episode was critical to Ford's rebound MOREMay 25, 2011 11:24 AM ET
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By Katherine Ryder, contributor
The future may well lie with the United States, as President Obama reiterated during his State of the Union speech earlier this week, but that doesn't change the fact that many U.S. executives are still grappling with how to do business with an empowered Asia.
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It's quite possible that the light that we are seeing at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train. True, at the parties I went to over the weekend a certain number of people were unemployed. This was in Northern California, which has been hit pretty hard in the tech sector and in real estate as well. But people were of pretty good cheer. Of course, they were drunk, MOREBing - May 4, 2009 9:16 AM ET
Word comes today that GM (GM) has offered the Government a majority stake in the Company as part of its restructuring plan. This was both expected and widely reported. What is less well known, however, is the creation of a new line of GM cars that has been designed, in large part, to sell the concept of Federal ownership to lawmakers. This blog has been leaked a highly confidential draft of MOREBing - Apr 28, 2009 2:23 PM ET
On April 1, Tim Geithner, speaking from the big G20 love fest, told Katie Couric that he would certainly consider replacing the CEOs of any bailed-out entity that the administration felt wasn't performing up to snuff. I don't think there's anybody out there who doesn't think that's a good idea. You take the money. You do the job. If you don't, so long Charley, right? Right.
This will undoubtedly leave a MOREBing - Apr 3, 2009 11:08 AM ET
1970: Chevy Corvair owned by my friend Stillman finally gives out with about 250,000 miles on it. With tremendous respect, we take it to the parking lot of Shea Stadium, take off the wheels and put it up on blocks, saying farewell to what was, in truth, the Galapagos tortoise of automobiles. It did very little, but what it did it did incomparably.
1978: Pontiac V8. Bench seats. Very comfortable. Solid MOREBing - Mar 31, 2009 11:54 AM ET
Dear Uncle Larry and Aunt Bea,
It's been a hard weekend, which is the only excuse I have for not answering your e-mail sooner. I'm sure the May 9th date will work out fine for the barbecue. I don't have anything planned for that week, or the week before. Or the week after, for that matter, although I do have a couple of interviews for excellent management positions in a number MOREBing - Mar 30, 2009 11:03 AM ET
I was at a party the other night -- yes, Virginia, there are still Christmas parties -- and I asked my friend Steve what he might be getting his friends and loved ones this festive season.
"Well," he said, "I was thinking about getting them stock in some really great companies. You can get some incredible deals right now."
I thought this was pretty brilliant. I asked him how he came to this MOREBing - Dec 16, 2008 11:56 AM ET
One of my very hostile but articulate readers, Mike from Spokane, gives me both barrels between the eyes this morning. I think Mike thinks I won't publish it, because I'm a panty-waist business type swilling gin at breakfast. Here's what he says:
Bing…with all due respect (as you recently stated to me), you have no idea what you're frigging talking about. You, and corporate America, are so far removed from the MOREBing - Nov 19, 2008 1:10 PM ET
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