Issue 87

October 2004


  • Winning the Relationship Game

    Some ace relationship builders tell us why it's vital to turn business acquaintances into trusted partners and friends — and how to do it.

  • All the Right Moves

    Headhunter Peter Crist on when and how to make your next move. And, yes, Churchill.

  • Beyond Multitasking

    As it continues to be important to do more with less, business people don't just need to multitask — they need to multiproject. Here's what you need to know to better manage multiple projects — with multiple requirements, deadlines, and stakeholders.


  • In Search Of Dwarfs

    Our Consultant Debunking Unit shows, with the help of the Seven Dwarfs, why three of the most popular management books are really just hi-ho-hum.

  • We Have Met the Enemy...

    Sometimes, to get your point across, you need to play the role of devil's advocate. The creator of the Society for Leadership of Change did more than that; he created an entire professional association of devil's advocates.

  • Amateur Revolution

    From astronomy to computing, networks of amateurs are displacing the pros and spawning some of the greatest innovations.

  • 60 Seconds with Mira Nair

    The director of Vanity Fair and Monsoon Wedding looks at why stories resonate, the challenges of managing a large team, and the role of a leader.

  • The Battery Bust

    A laptop that runs forever on a single quick charge? Not anytime soon. Here are some tips for making the current crop of batteries keep going and going and going....

  • Face-Off

    Who's got the stiffer upper lip when contemplating the pokey, Ken Lay or Martha Stewart?

  • Tricks for Treats

    The McKeesport Candy Co.'s tips for taking pixie sticks from bricks to clicks.

  • Fast Take: Long-Distance Leadership

    What challenges do American leaders face while managing multicultural teams? Leaders bridging two continents share what they've learned about working across time zones and navigating different corporate — and country — culture.

  • Putting Customers First

    You'd think more companies would have gotten it by now. Unfortunately, organizations that put customers at the center of what they do are rare — so rare that we're celebrating them. Meet the best customer-focused outfits, and learn from them.

  • Offshoring in Reverse

    When many leaders think about offshoring, what comes to mind is Indian call centers, the loss of American jobs, and Indian workers replacing laid-off Americans. Meanwhile, more American executives are taking leadership posts in Indian — and other overseas — companies. Will it balance out?

  • Amateur Revolution

    From astronomy to computing, networks of amateurs are displacing the pros and spawning some of the greatest innovations.

Fast Talk

  • Fast Talk: The Business of Politics

    What skills do business leaders most rely on when they make a switch to public service? And what have these five businesspeople turned politicians learned?

From the Editor

More In This Issue…

  • The Net/Net

    A go-to guide of the products and services featured in this month's issue

  • Ideas From Smart Friends

    An online discussion led by Indian business school students revisits a Fast Company feature from last year — and yields some new ideas and insights.