Ten Questions Today’s Business Leaders Must Answer

Good morning. The fundamental nature of business leadership has changed dramatically in the last decade, for a host of reasons I’ve discussed here before, including: the pace of technological change, the democratization of information, the demands of a new generation of workers, increasing inequality within societies, the poor performance of national governments, etc. As a
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Good morning. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is on a roller coaster ride. His company went public in June with its stock price soaring to $42 a share. Earlier this week, it dipped briefly below $20. In part, the company has suffered from investor fears that Microsoft could take its business away. But it is also
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The United States and China are vying for technological leadership in three crucial areas that have made headlines in recent weeks—and highlight the two nations’ starkly different approaches to innovation. The three areas: quantum computing, cryptocurrency, and fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications. In each area, gaining competitive advantage could have fundamental long-run implications for the two
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Global investors heaved a sigh of relief Friday at the sight of Donald Trump and Chinese vice premier Liu He shaking hands in the Oval Office. The two men, all smiles, announced a preliminary partial trade deal, which Trump said could be finalized as early as next month when he meets with Chinese president Xi
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Good morning. Four things you need to know about Aflac CEO Dan Amos, who came by Fortune‘s offices last week. First, he is one of the longest serving CEOs in the Fortune 500—having held the job for 30 years. Second, his employees love working for him, which is why he has made Fortune’s Best Companies
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Greetings from Hong Kong, where much of the city is in lock-down tonight in anticipation of renewed protest against a government ban on wearing masks in public. I ventured into town this afternoon to discover that a spooky quiet had descended over the normally buzzing districts of Central, Admiralty, Wanchai and Sheung Wan. Metro and
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Good morning. David Meyer here in Berlin, filling in for Alan. Happy 21st birthday, Google! (The company was incorporated on September 4th rather than 27th, 1998, but today marks the anniversary of its eponymous search service going live.) Google’s impact cannot be overstated; it utterly changed how we find and consume information. It is true
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Greetings from Hong Kong. Alan noted in this space yesterday that the proposition cooperative economic relations between the United States and China must be preserved is an idea that enjoys scant support in America. That’s a crucial observation, not least because it applies to U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle. President Trump recently
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CEO Daily lands late this morning, as your correspondent has just landed back in Hong Kong from China’s Yunnan province. The three hour flight involved swapping Faustian bargains: cool alpine breezes and blocked Internet access at one end versus oppressive humidity and unrestricted Internet access at the other. At the Hong Kong airport, it was
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I happened to be in the Hong Kong airport on Tuesday, the night anti-government demonstrations erupted into a violent clash with police. I was there to pick up my kids, who were returning from Tokyo to begin the new school year. Their flight was delayed by several hours, which I passed sardined among throngs of
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