NEW YORK — What does it take to be a successful leader in today’s change-in-a-blink world? That is the focus of the 16th WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit at The Plaza hotel here, and the range of speakers had some common answers: a micro-focus on detail, passion about product, not being afraid to break the rules — and a loathing of bureaucracy.

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