Standing Tall at the Top

Roger Birk, chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co., stands as tall on the job as in his profession. Birk presides over the largest U.S. brokerage house from a brown walnut stand-up desk that he uses for everything from reading mail to signing multimillion-dollar deals. He acquired the desk ten years ago to help relieve the agonizing backaches that plagued him after long hours in a chair. Those pains are gone now, but the desk has stayed. Says Birk: "I find it pleasant and more practical than normal desks, and even tension easing."

Birk is just one of the current crop of top...

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