Issue 122

February 2008


  • Q&A: Mr. Fix-It

    Chrysler, Morrison Knudsen, Bethlehem Steel—in crisis, all called Steve Miller. In The Turnaround Kid, out February 5, the Delphi chairman writes about working for Lee Iacocca and saving some of the old economy's oldest companies.

  • Speaker For Hire

    Colin Powell’s speaking engagement at the International Franchise Association annual convention cost the organization at least $100,000.


  • Yahoo's Rally Cry

    The Web portal has scored with its sports site. Does its success point the way to Yahoo's future?

  • Fueling The Future

    The oil well of tomorrow may be in a California lab full of genetically modified, diesel-spewing bacteria.

  • Artery, Heal Thyself

    Abbott's new absorbable stent could change heart surgery and revive a $5 billion business.

  • Scuttling Scut Work

    Pfizer devises a new kind of outsourcing—just for the time-wasting parts of your job.

  • Lost in the Funhouse

    The battle between starchitect Frank Gehry and MIT reveals the widening chasm between design and down-to-earth craft.

  • Urban Outfitters

    The nonprofit Sweat Equity Enterprises equips firms from Radio Shack to Skechers with product designs and marketing ideas from inner-city youth.

Fast Talk

  • Fast Talk: The Protector

    Harriet Pearson

    Chief Privacy Officer, IBM
    Armonk, New York

    Harriet Pearson, an attorney and former engineer, became the first major-company chief privacy officer in 2000.

  • Fast Talk: Clean-Up Hitter

    Stanley Crosley

    Chief Privacy Officer, Eli Lilly
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Stanley Crosley, 45, installed an aggressive new system at Eli Lilly after the company suffered a privacy breach in 2001. Last year, the International Association of Privacy Professionals recognized Lilly's plan as one of the best.

  • Fast Talk: Bush's Record Collector

    Dr. Robert Kolodner

    National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Robert Kolodner, 59, advises HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt on health IT initiatives and oversees the federal government's efforts to get doctors, hospitals, and medical providers nationwide to adopt electronic medical records by 2014.

  • Fast Talk: Privacy Warrior

    Dr. Deborah Peel

    Founder and President, Patient Privacy Rights
    Austin, Texas

    Dr. Deborah Peel, 56, a practicing psychiatrist, founded Patient Privacy Rights, a consumer watchdog organization. She began fighting for medical privacy in 1993 after President Clinton proposed that every doctor-patient encounter be entered into a database.


From the Editor

  • Letter from the Editor

    What kind of work is most valuable? At this magazine, we tend to talk about ideas and inspiration and management techniques, but less often about the dirty work of getting the job done. Which is why this issue's feature about Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe was such an opportunity. Rowe, until recently, was a screwup. He worked a sequence of low-end acting gigs, more intent on entertaining himself than on having an impact.