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Alan M. Webber

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Health Care Reality: Change is a Math Formula

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 11:51 AM

If President Obama succeeds in his quest to reform America's health care system -- an "if" that gets if-ier every day -- it will be because the administration finally embraces the fundamental rule of change: Change is a math formula: C=Co(SQ)>R(C). The formula reads: Change happens when the cost of...

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Is BusinessWeek Worth $1?

(12) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 8:30 AM

Good news has no constituency, while even the village idiot knows how to pass along bad news. That explains why the report in the Financial Times that BusinessWeek magazine can be had for $1 -- $1! -- spread like wild fire across the blogosphere: more confirmation that the end is...

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Washington Post Salons: Right Church, Wrong Pew

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2009 | 6:14 AM

It's official as any papal encyclical: Katharine Weymouth has been led to the front of the church by the moral authorities of journalism and made to recant her ill-conceived notion that the Washington Post should be in the salon business. Next up, an admission from Ms. Weymouth that the sun...

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Fellow GM Co-CEOs, Let Me Tell You Why I've Called This Meeting!

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2009 | 10:32 PM

I've never wanted to own General Motors, but for at least the last 20 years I've wanted to run it. Ever since I worked as a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation during the Chrysler bailout, and went on to co-author a book on the U.S. auto industry's...

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The Real Stress Test: What Does Leadership Look Like?

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 2:38 PM

The eyes of the punditocracy are fixed on the banks and their performance under the Obama administration's stress tests -- and whether the tests to determine the banks' financial stability were tough enough. Meanwhile, the real story is, as usual, hiding in plain sight. We're watching America learn a new...

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Why 2009 College Graduates Will Win Big

(11) Comments | Posted May 9, 2009 | 7:49 PM

On campuses all across America you can practically feel the fear. But despite schools closing with sick students, kids and parents aren't afraid of the swine flu. In the wake of the economic crash, they're afraid that the jobs flew.

If you scratch below the surface of this recession-triggered...

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