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  • Finding a Cure for "CEO-itis"

    Jul 12, 2012

    An affliction of arrogance that plagues many people picked for powerful posts, its symptoms include a tendency toward isolation, belief that you're smarter than others, preference for loyalists, aversion to changing course even in the face of failure, and love of royal treatment.

  • Supreme Court Ruling on the Accountable Care Act

    Jul 3, 2012

    One thing should be clear after last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It's time to end three and a half years of political wrangling and make the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) work. The law's shortcomings are well known.

  • For businesses, Supreme Court ruling provides a measure of clarity in health care calculations

    Jun 29, 2012

    The Supreme Court decision largely upholding President Obama's health care overhaul was the talk of the business world Thursday. But executives weren't speaking with one voice.  Biotechnology leaders hailed a provision creating an approval process for generic versions of their medicines while also protecting the original drug makers' brands for a longer period. 

  • Health-Care Insiders Brace for Drastic Change

    Jun 29, 2012

    One says it's time to move on, one expects drastic changes. These were some of the opinions from healthcare insiders after the Supreme Court  upheld President Obama’s  health care overhaul.

  • Downgraded in the Sky, Too

    Jun 27, 2012

    As a credit union chief executive, James L. Van Arsdale used to travel frequently to big conferences and to meetings with clients. Now, more than four years after he led the acquisition of the credit union, he is an insurance agent with Mass Mutual, offering people financial advice and dealing with a life of fewer perks.

  • Harvard's prescription for a broken American political system

    Jun 26, 2012

    Is there any hope for America's political process? Not much, was the answer from the group of Harvard Business School faculty gathered in Washington D.C.'s Newseum last week. Same thing from a panel of D.C. heavy hitters who also showed up for the event, including a sitting U.S. Senator ...

  • Chesapeake Appoints Dunham Chairman, Replaces Four Directors

    Jun 25, 2012

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. named former Conoco Phillips Chairman  Archie Dunham  to lead its board as the second largest U.S. natural gas producer struggles with falling energy prices and mistrust of its management.

  • Speaking out against the marriage amendment

    May 20, 2012

    Now that the debate over the Vikings stadium is settled, taking center stage is an issue that has far graver consequences for Minnesota's future: the marriage amendment.

  • Medtronic CEO finds head for business starts with heart

    May 18, 2012

    Bill George has turned Medtronic into a medical powerhouse and Minnesota's most valuable public company, but he has learned that the most valuable things can't be measured by sixteenths of a point.

  • Greatest Generation is Passing Local Leadership Torch

    Apr 16, 2012

    In recent weeks three of the Twin Cities' greatest business and civic leaders, all part of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation," have passed from the scene. This trio includes Edson Spencer, who built Honeywell into a great global corporation; John Cowles, leader of Cowles Media and the Star Tribune, and John Morrison, who led Norwest Corp. (now Wells Fargo) into the modern banking era.