Issue 86

September 2004



  • Keeping SCORE

    Like many retirees, Frank Leibold travels, fishes, and plays golf. But the former executive and business professor also relishes an unusual gig: mentoring more than 800 entrepreneurs. Having coached business leaders in all 50 states in just over six months, his leadership lessons have spread far and wide.

  • The Corporate Shrink

    Advice for a recent grad with an eye on the corner office; the girlfriend of an overworked exec wonders whether to love him or leave him.

  • Battling Billionaires

    Mark Cuban and Richard Branson are taking on the Donald with their own brand of reality TV. Here's our sneak preview.

  • Chatter

    Stump Speech: President George W. Bush on leadership, terrorists, soldiers, and a strong, resilient America.

  • The Price of Courage

    Having trouble channeling your inner moxie? Or perhaps you just want the look of bravery. Five ideas for courage to go.

  • Writing Flint's New Story

    An automobile town made famous by filmmaker Michael Moore is trying to pull itself out of a decades-long slump.

  • The Realist-Idealist Dilemma

    Is President Bush a man of principle or pragmatism? So far, he has vacillated between the two. But leaders can't have it both ways.

  • The New World-Changer

    Social entrepreneurs and business school students the world over indicate that dot-orgs may be more powerful than dot-coms.

  • No Secrets

    Can you keep a secret? Not if it's about leadership, judging by the raft of books exposing secrets of nearly everyone.

  • Is It Still Craig's List?

    When you're a small, spirited startup built on community, personal attention, and customer service, attracting the investment of one of the world's largest dotcoms can be daunting. Craig's List's leaders had the courage to collaborate with eBay, and early reports indicate that the company will remain grounded — while still having more room to grow.

From the Editor

  • Why Courage?

    At 18, I was a painfully shy and quiet college freshman. I had joined my college weekly as its rock critic. And a fascinating scene unfolded at my first staff meeting with all of the newspaper's top editors. I watched as one editor — not even the editor-in-chief — completely dominated the session.

More In This Issue…

  • Calling for Courage

    Fast Company would like your help identifying the most courageous leaders — in business and elsewhere. Nominate candidates, and in the weeks to come, we'll put them to a vote.

    Also, if you've experienced a situation that demanded courage in your work, share your story. We'll feature some of the best submissions online in the future.