CORPORATIONS: Life of a Salesman

Propped up by a traction device, the boss of Borg-Warner Corp.'s Norge Division sat in bed at Chicago's Wesley Memorial Hospital last week, a telephone at his side and papers spread out in front of him. All morning 54-year-old Judson S. Sayre took calls, received visitors and dictated letters at a rapid clip. At noon, with his neck in a brace, he left the hospital for his office, returned later in the afternoon to finish up his 15-hour workday in bed.

Sayre's fever chart was normal (he was suffering from two painful...

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