In the post-Enron and -WorldCom era, the spotlight of scrutiny is shining ever more sharply on corporations and their chief executives. In this program, Robert Nardelli, chairman, president, and CEO of The Home Depot, and Michael Eskew, chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service, discuss the white-hot issues of corporate governance and ethics as well as the special challenges they face as newcomers to the top job. What are they doing to expand their customer bases in the face of fierce competition? And how are they training the new leaders who will help them take their companies?tops in their respective industries?into the future? (57 minutes)
Between 1933 and 1945 the people of Germany surrendered their will to a charismatic demagogue who led them, and much of the world, to destruction. How it happened is the subject of this program. Its focus is on the appeal of Hitler's personality not only to Germans, but to leaders of other European nations. We see how Hitler's life influenced his leadership style, and how he used the Jews as scapegoats on whom to blame Germany's economic problems. Home movies of Hitler's private life, and interviews with those who knew him, complete this eerie portrait. This is an excellent catalyst for classroom discussion on how demagogues come to power, and what social and economic conditions make it possible. A BBC Production. (90 minutes)
For former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the war in Kosovo was both political and very personal. This program focuses on how America's first female Secretary of State built national and international consensus against Slobodan Milosevic to derail his agenda of ethnic cleansing in the wake of the failed Rambouillet peace negotiations. Albright also discusses the shaping of her values through both her early years of life in the Europe of Hitler and Stalin and her family losses to the Holocaust. Positive comments on what it was like to be a high-ranking woman in the male-dominated world of politics and diplomacy round out the program. (40 minutes)
The war of the sexes, like any war, needs leaders and followers. Using a military-style competition between male and female test subjects, this program examines the different ways in which men and women exercise power, set goals, construct hierarchies, and perform teamwork. A chain of command, incorporating clearly defined roles and responsibilities, quickly materializes among the male participants--while the women appear less equipped to implement rigid organization. But the program shows that a female-centric system, in which authority figures emerge only after a period of familiarization and mutual affirmation, proves more effective for satisfying the contest's requirements. (45 min.)
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