Borland The Barbarian

Philippe Kahn likes to think of himself as a barbarian. As chief executive of Borland International Inc., Kahn likes to use unconventional--and sometimes uncivilized--methods to avoid getting bogged down by corporate bureaucracy. When he has a big disagreement with another executive, they take a walk in the woods near Borland's Scotts Valley (Calif.) headquarters, where they can scream without being overheard. If people can't agree on a product feature, Kahn, 39, sometimes locks them in a room--all night, if necessary--until the issue is resolved. "We have lively meetings," says Kahn. "We throw things around."

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