By the time many read this column, Nov. 6 will be history and the election of a U.S. president decided - at least, we hope it is decided then (recall the election of 2000). Going on the assumption that the election will be decisive - and the U.S. is preparing to welcome No. 45 to the White House on Ian. 20, 2013, as well as the new 113th Congress - does this mean that the spell of uncertainty for businesses will end?
There is much discussion about what needs to occur in the lame-duck session of Congress, during which legislators must deal with the debt limit, "financial cliff" and sequestrations, among other fiscal issues. Consider, however, those in Congress will still be from the 112th, some of them outgoing. Will they try to rush through certain legislation or just extend provisions for a time to allow the 113th to handle? As such, perhaps uncertainty will remain - for some uncertain length of time.
But there is one area where you can expect certainty, and that is in reading Financial Executive. We offer insight and analysis of key issues facing financial executives in their work and profes-sion. You can be certain that 10 times each year a new issue of the magazine will be created, each of which is cram-full of content that deals with subjects to help you im-prove the performance and operations of your organization and your personal devel-opment, as well as the development those you manage.
For instance, among the articles in this issue, the cover story profiles the inductees into Financial Executives International's Hall of Fame Awards. For the seventh year, exemplary financial executives are honored; this year's four inductees bring the total to 20 members of the Hall of Fame.
In reading the inductees' responses to a series of...