The cynicism that is engendered when someone like Weill, or Welch, changes his stripes is understandable. Who wants to hear from the guys who already cleaned up in Act 1? But, frankly, I find it refreshing. Where are today's leaders on these same subjects?
The ultimate compliment that any entrepreneur can get is that they can "see around corners." This is a statement that they are willing and able to (and successful at) projecting market and technology turns, not just straight-line innovations.
Starbucks' growth doesn't come from "insanely great" gadgets with huge profit margins. The coffee chain shows how a good CEO can do right by his company, and how that can structure a CEO's pay to ensure he gets paid what he deserves.
Small employers are struggling; lack of demand and weak sales are part of it, but one of the key barriers to their success -- hindering their ability to help remedy the economy's malaise -- is the inaccessibility of credit.
To have a historically credible media outlet like CNN help perpetuate the notion that Donald Trump is a serious ideas person or policy mind ultimately reflects very poorly not just on CNN, but on the country.