1. How to Move From the Boardroom to the Beltway : Lessons From CEOs

    How to Move From the Boardroom to the Beltway : Lessons From CEOs

    Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national economic adviser Gary Cohn are just the latest corporate chieftains to stumble in the transition from the autonomous confines of the corner suite to the political pressure cooker in Washington. It is easy to see why a cabinet post or White House position -- the frequent landing spot in Washington for senior executives -- appeals to those who have spent a career climbing to the top of the corporate ladder...

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