Sears -- Where America Shopped
At 7 a.m., 10 senior Sears executives gather in a sixth-floor conference room in Hoffman Estates for a daily meeting - or, as some refer to it, a "daily beating" - with Edward "Eddie" Lampert.
Via teleconference from his home base in Greenwich, Conn. (and, at least one time, via a call from his yacht in Italy), the famously mercurial Sears Holdings Corp. chairman listens to updates on everything from the company's market segmentation strategy to its IT issues. Some days, he barely glances up from his laptop. Other days, he rips