Issue 92

March 2005


  • Trump, Distilled

    Love the Donald but can't spare time for The Apprentice? Then the official Apprentice talking Trump doll is for you! A full 12 inches tall, in a classic navy suit and trademark red tie, this $24.99 mini-Trump offers 17 memorable magnate witticisms — which is all anyone really needs.

  • Creature Comforts

    If Greyhound ever starts an airline, it'll have a service edge over the sky buses flying today. Instead of complaining about business travel, deal with it. Our new Road Warrior feature will help you do just that. In that spirit, pamper yourself instead of expecting the airlines to do it for you.

  • Net Profit

    What does it take to make a better bed net? It's no small matter: Bed nets are a critical defense against malaria, which each year kills 1 million people and makes another 300 million ill in developing regions. The solution, it turns out, is no small matter either.

  • Speak Easy

    Here are five tips to help you get over your fear of public speaking.

  • 60 Seconds on Doing the Impossible

    SpaceShipOne took the $10 million Ansari X Prize for shuttling into suborbital space twice in two weeks. But it was Peter Diamandis, aerospace engineer and medical doctor, who created the competition. Now, Diamandis, 42, has moved onto smaller things — a new prize for nanotechnology. He spoke to Fast Company about his uncharted worlds.

  • Humanizing Leaders

    Course: Proteus
    When: June 19-25, 2005
    Instructor: Nigel Nicholson
    Class Size: Varies, around 24
    Where: London Business School, England
    Cost: £8,000 (about $15,000 USD)
    Mission: To give execs time and space to refine leadership skills.


  • Competing on Culture

    The CEO of Best Buy expands on Buckingham's vignette — and how an employee-centric strategy can lead to customer-centric performance.

  • Short Circuit

    This month: W. Alan McCollough, CEO of Circuit City Stores.

  • How to Fix... ATT

    Now that ATT has abandoned consumer service, what will it do to get off the hook?

  • I Spy

    The newest Big Brother gizmo lets you track the movements of your kids or spouse.

  • Liquidity Events

    These days, for better or worse, everyone seems to be a blogger. How to know what's worth reading? This month, Fast Company unveils our top picks from the ever-expanding blog universe — starting with the best from the world of venture capital.

  • Wagging Your Tail

    Executive recruiter Dave Hardie on the benefits of leaving gracefully, consumer-products experience, and balancing We versus I.

  • Full of Mullarkey

    We went looking for a guru with a fresh take, but got taken ourselves. It's about respect, yo!

  • Blog-N-Sell

    A marketing plan on the Web, by the Web, and for the Web.

  • The Morale of the Story

    Another day, another mountain to climb. Here's how to keep your team's spirits up (even when everything looks so hard).

  • Shore Leader: Sriram Ayer

    December's tsunami devastated villages across Asia. But in some places, it also created openings for progress.

  • Walking the Talk?

    Some U.S. execs make big noises about U.S. innovation — but look overseas for new ideas.

  • Read Between the Lines

    We're all awash in books, blogs, and reports to keep up in our jobs. Can speed-reading software help us be more productive?

  • A Matter of Taste

    New flavor enhancers due in 2006 promise to make your taste buds more efficient.

  • Datebook

    Critical calendar listings for March 2005.

From the Editor

  • Championing Innovation

    When we started planning what would become the fourth annual Fast 50 competition, we had two major ambitions: First, we wanted to assemble the most accomplished innovators and doers in the four-year history of our global readers' challenge. And we wanted to showcase those winners' passions, ideas, and performances in stories and pictures as compelling as the deeds themselves. The resulting package delivers on both goals.

More In This Issue…

  • The Net/Net

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

  • Me Inc.: the Rethink

    With our November 2005 issue, Fast Company will celebrate 10 years of publication. Each month until then, we'll review one of our favorite editions from the first decade.