Lee Scott: Walking in Mr. Sam's Footsteps

Walking in Mr. Sam's Footsteps

The man who runs Wal-Mart is fond of saying that no one can run the world's largest company, you have to lead it. To CEO H. Lee Scott Jr., 55, that means being a combination talk-show host and taskmaster. Business meetings take place in an auditorium where praise and criticism are meted out with wit and a steely determination to get things right. Like his predecessor, David Glass, Scott is a modest man with a ready supply of pungent remarks. He has been on the receiving end too, as Wal-Mart's critics harp about its low-wage jobs and sprawling stores. Scott has...

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