Wise CEOs and senior managers are turning their attention to the future operations and opportunities of their companies. They understand that out of this crisis period comes the opportunity, and in some cases the necessity, to reposition their businesses. These CEOs — assuming they aren't mired in yesterday's problem — can get a jump on their competition. This is crucial, because the economic environment is sure to become more competitive and boom times are unlikely to return for a good while.

Here are seven suggestions on how to make such a head start matter most.

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