Val Rahmani left an executive gig at IBM to head malware-fighting startup Damballa. Such a move may seem risky, but it doesn't compare to the CEO's hobby: aerobatic flying. By Colleen Leahey,Feb 9, 2012 10:28 AM ET
Why does so much innovation happen in spite of the system, rather than because of it? A look at what it takes to embrace your organization's misfits.
While many have embraced the ethos behind Apple's celebrated "Think Different" campaign of the late 1990s, how much has actually changed at most offices? By Polly LaBarreDec 13, 2011 11:17 AM ET
The CEO steps down leaving his company in great shape. Will that legacy last?
By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Really good CEOs are rare partly because they use all of their brains. Most people don't. We carry around either massive left brains -- logical, analytical, not very touchy-feely -- or, more rarely in today's world, we rely on big right brains -- imaginative, feeling, intuitive, uncomfortable with algebra. Running a giant MORENov 18, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Fortune sat down with Randy MacDonald, IBM's worldwide HR czar, to learn how the company trains global leaders.
Interview by Richard McGill Murphy, contributor
FORTUNE -- Q: What does it take to lead at IBM?
A: There's a maniacal focus on execution. If you say you're going to deliver, you're held accountable. Leaders also need to create an atmosphere of creativity and innovation, and I think we do that here. We find that MORENov 7, 2011 5:00 AM ET
You can't build a great business without nurturing from within. Meet the firms that are doing it right.
By Richard McGill Murphy, contributor
FORTUNE -- IBM (No. 1) sends leadership SWAT teams around the world. Hindustan Unilever (No. 6) ships young executives out to live in Indian villages so that they can understand the needs of impoverished rural consumers. At farming equipment manufacturer Deere (No. 14), rising managers receive coaching from distinguished MORENov 3, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The energy to truly change a company over the course of months or years has to come from the grassroots. How mangers can use viral marketing to support this kind of change. By Scott Heller and Colin PriceAug 3, 2011 9:28 AM ET
Say farewell to that company-paid stint in Paris. Some companies are now sending budding leaders to emerging markets to test their adaptation skills and grit. By Elizabeth G. OlsonAug 1, 2011 5:00 AM ET
To make Fortune's first Executive Dream Team, a CEO needs global chops, street smarts, and more.
By Geoff Colvin, senior-editor-at-large
Here's the world Jim Skinner faced when he became McDonald's CEO seven years ago: He had just helped turn the struggling company around, but now he was boss because the two previous CEOs had died suddenly. He got profits soaring, only to encounter a historic recession in which Americans said the first MOREMay 31, 2011 5:00 AM ET
By Patricia Sellers
When I started my career at Fortune in 1984, corporate America was a land of white men. As I say in my talks about women and power, bosses back then were white men without facial hair.
We've come a long way—just look at Fortune's Most Powerful Women list.
But a new report on Fortune 500 board composition, released by the Alliance for Board Diversity this morning, should make diversity champions weep.
The MOREPatricia Sellers - May 2, 2011 7:37 AM ET
If IBM's supercomputer outperforms some of Jeopardy!'s greatest minds, what does that spell for the rest of us working stiffs? As it turns out, workers may have some cause for concern.
By Martin Ford, contributor
This week's showdown between IBM's Watson supercomputer and the world's top Jeopardy! players raises several questions on the impact that artificial intelligence will have on the future job market. After all, if a machine can beat humans at Jeopardy!, MOREFeb 15, 2011 9:33 AM ET
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