When it came to working conditions in the Gap's factories, Anne Gust opted for full disclosure. The resulting social-responsibility report details, with unflinching honesty, the problems the retailer found in its 3,000 contract manufacturers. Then the company pulled its business from 136 factories and turned down bids from 100-plus others that failed to meet their labor standards. By going public with the company's responses, the Gap hopes to improve the lives of factory workers.

A founder in handcuffs, financials in disarray, and a vital product in doubt, it was the turnaround from hell. Yet Daniel Lynch's focus on small, painstaking advances over the course of two years helped lead to the FDA's approval of a new drug for patient use -- a drug that had been spiked previously. And the company is now one of only 10-15 profitable biotechs.

Tom Kean led the investigation into the most devastating attack in America's history. When he accepted the job, he didn't think about the friends he'd lose in Washington. He thought about the people who had perished in the World Trade Center. Kean brought transparency to the commission's proceedings, put partisanship and party politics aside, and involved the public and the press to hold steadfastly to the commission's goals.

Neither Microsoft's Bill Gates, Netscape's Jim Clark, Oracle's Larry Ellison, nor Apple's Steve Jobs risked telling Wall Street to drop dead. By circumventing the traditional IPO process, Google hopes to sidestep the investment firm cartel to involve more investors -- not just the elite -- to avoid high-priced commissions... and to make millions.

When CEO Ed Breen took over at Tyco, he fired the very board that hired him. That was just the start. After a series of investigations, firings, restructurings, board battles, and financing events, the housecleaning represents one of the biggest management upheavels ever. The result? Tyco's debt decreased $12 billion and Tyco is back from the brink.

Courage at Work

When it came to working conditions in the Gap's factories, Anne Gust opted for full disclosure. The resulting social-responsibility report details, with unflinching honesty, the problems the retailer found in its 3,000 contract manufacturers. Then the company pulled its business from 136 factories and turned down bids from 100-plus others that failed to meet their labor standards. By going public with the company's responses, the Gap hopes to improve the lives of factory workers.

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