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Friday, July 28, 2006

CEOs Go Clubbing

Research for the GMB union found that many drivers spend hours waiting for their bosses outside hotels and restaurants, often having to drive them home in the early hours of the morning.

The union called for an inquiry into the industry's long hours culture and complained that chauffeurs were not getting enough rest periods.

Monday, June 26, 2006

CEO Compensation -

CEO Compensation - "The heads of America's 500 biggest companies received an aggregate 54% pay raise last year. As a group, their total compensation amounted to $5.1 billion, versus $3.3 billion in fiscal 2003. "

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Captain's Blog - Yahoo Leader Feeling Heat Over Nazi-China Question

Online News Squared: Yahoo Leader Feeling Heat Over Nazi-China Question

CEO of Yahoo made a somewhat inadequate response to a question about providing data on dissidents to China. What if it were Nazi Germany:

"Yahoo has a basic obligation not to have a point of view on basic content, and to present content ... and aggregate things and to allow people to make their own choices. I don't know how I would have felt then," he told the Wall Street Journal.

An apoplectic Jeff Jarvis: "Good God, man! You don’t know how you would have felt? Who gives a damn about your feelings? This is about human rights. It’s about ethics. It’s about morality. It’s not about content. But now that you’ve brought it up, that’s ridiculous, too."

For starters: - It just does not make good business sense - Business leaders without an ethical stance are not providing a good example to their staff.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Versant - From our CEO, Will Ruch

Will Ruch CEO of Versant writes on what blogging has taught him:

"What I've learned about blogging this past year is that it allows prospective associates (future hires) or clients (past, present and hopefully future, too) to find out more about my leadership vision and values, and what this place is about. I have learned to write openly on all sorts of topics that are relevant to our business. I have become comfortable using this technology to let those prospects inside Versant to find out what kind of thinking is occurring from this office and what we are learning and doing along the way."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Captain's Blog - Starbucks' Secret Ingredient

Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, who grew up in the housing projects of Brooklyn and now oversees the Seattle-headquartered coffee empire (see BW Online, 4/26/06, "Starbucks Perks Up Socially Conscious Films")tells his story to over three hundred new employees a day.

CEO Howard Schultz, tells how his communication skills have given his company a “secret ingredient” for success.
Starbucks' Secret Ingredient

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Captain's Blog CEO of Amazon - Personal Space Odyssey

Check out the catchy song "The Life and Times of Jeff [Bezos]" by The Neon Trees. Via Ode to Jeff Bezos - Personal Spaceflight -

'Jeffrey wants to buy a spaceship
Jeffrey want’s [sic] to save your life
Jeff’s going to make a lot of money
Jeff’s going to take a real long flight'

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Captain's Blog - CEO of Sun Steps Down for Uber-Blogger-Schwartz

After 22 years as CEO of Sun, Scott McNealy will relinquish the helm to Jonathan Schwartz.(see Captain's Blog - CEO Blogs) Scott will remain Chairman of the Board and will stay involved in government sales.

Is this the start of a trend as the next generation of true Silicon Valley giants begins to turn over the reins to a blogging generation?