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Clifton Leaf


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Recent articles by Clifton:

Why Great Leaders Listen

Our 2019 list features 50 role models for optimism and bravery—including our top picks, Bill and Melinda Gates. → Read More

How Many People Work for the U.S. Federal Government?

Here’s the breakdown of 2 million employees across the departments of defense, agriculture, and energy, plus the FBI, TSA, IRS, and others. → Read More

How Your Health Records Became a Health Crisis

The government spent massively to digitize our medical records—so why is the result such a massive disappointment? → Read More

A Healthcare Story Everyone Should Read

Fortune's Editor in Chief explores some of the ways EHRs have dogged the medical system and promotes the Brainstorm Health conference. → Read More

Brainstorm Health: Electronic Health Records, AliveCor Mobile ECG, Amarin Fish Oil Drug

This morning, FORTUNE and Kaiser Health News published a report on our months-long investigation into electronic health records (EHRs), which you can read here. The story, by two of the best healthcare journalists in the business—FORTUNE’s Erika Fry and KHN’s Fred Schulte—is nearly 10,000 words, and once you get started, I’m pretty sure you’re going to want to read every last one of them.… → Read More

What Really Scares World Leaders? The Weather!

Each year, the World Economic Forum surveys experts on what keeps them up at night. The answers are surprisingly consistent. → Read More

What’s the Secret to Great Design? Finding the Right Verb. (Really.)

IDEO CEO Tim Brown says designing “things”—without thinking about how we interact with them—sends companies down the wrong path. The results, indeed, can be heartbreaking. → Read More

The Power of a Joint Venture

How a billionaire marijuana entrepreneur and a pioneering Alzheimer’s researcher have relied on unusual partnerships to transform their respective fields. → Read More

Health Care: America’s Underperforming Asset

If a stock performed as poorly as the U.S. health system has, shareholders would revolt. → Read More

Health Care and the War on the Middle Class

Americans are feeling left behind. Health care is just one of the many reasons why. → Read More

Brainstorm Health: Shrinking Middle Class, Drones Flying Vaccines, Altria Juul Stake

Hello, Dailies! Today, I am commandeering these pages back from Sy, our wise and gifted steward, who has done such a terrific job informing and enlightening the Brainstorm Health faithful these many weeks. (Sy will be back at the helm tomorrow, and then Brainstorm Health Daily is taking a delightful two-week holiday break. We’ll be back in action on Monday, January 7. It would be a great… → Read More

'Unfinished Business’: The Struggles of a Shrinking Middle Class

Fortune has covered the plight of American workers for decades—and that story is more urgent than ever today. → Read More

Investing For Upside—Without Much Downside

Over the past 20 years, which investment portfolio has produced the most gain for the least pain? You may well be surprised. → Read More

Should I Invest In Stocks 2019? It Depends.

In the third quarter of 2007, at the summit of the last bull market, U.S. companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 purchased a staggering $172 billion worth of their own stock. Some two years later, when those same shares were priced like week-old biscuits, CEOs couldn’t find a bargain worth snatching—at least when it came to their own stocks. In the second quarter of 2009, S&P 500… → Read More

2018 Midterm Elections: Here Are the Real Swing Voters on Nov. 6

These are the demographics that will really matter this November 6. → Read More

Why A.I. Is Business’s Next Frontier

Companies only barely understand THE capabilities and limitations of artificial intelligence—but that isn’t stopping them from GOING ALL IN. → Read More

Why A.I. Is Business’s Next Frontier

Companies only barely understand THE capabilities and limitations of artificial intelligence—but that isn’t stopping them from GOING ALL IN. → Read More

On Columbus Day—or Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a Reflection on the Three-Day Weekend

Should every weekend last 72 hours? That question is being tested more often—and in more places—than you might think. → Read More

Brainstorm Health: The Three Day Weekend, DIY Hearing Aid, HPV Vaccine

The battle lines have been drawn in America. But on one critical issue at least, the divide isn’t between red state and blue state, conservative and liberal, rural dweller and urbanite. In this particular clash of principles, crimson Alabama and Arizona have aligned themselves with azure Connecticut and Massachusetts; Idaho is in accord with New York; Texas is in league with Vermont.… → Read More

Brainstorm Health: Ovarian Cancer and Aspirin, Lilly Diabetes Data, Chemistry Nobel Prize

Hippocrates used it. As did Pliny the Elder—and then, too, Galen of Pergamon, perhaps the greatest physician-scientist of antiquity. Passed down from the Greeks and Romans, Sumerians, Assyrians, and Egyptians, the remedy drawn from the bark of a willow tree, was known to have extraordinary powers for reducing pain, swelling, and even fever. Pliny was said to have burned the bark and turned the… → Read More