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Chief Executive magazine (published since 1977) is the definitive source that CEOs turn to for insight and ideas that help increase their effectiveness and grow their business. Chief Executive Group also produces e-newsletters and online content at chiefexecutive.net and manages Chief Executive Network and other executive peer groups, as well as conferences and roundtables that enable top corporate officers to discuss key subjects and share their experiences within a community of peers. Chief Executive facilitates the annual “CEO of the Year,” a prestigious honor bestowed upon an outstanding corporate leader, nominated and selected by a group of peers, and is known throughout the U.S. and elsewhere for its annual ranking of Best & Worst States for Business. Visit www.chiefexecutive.net for more information.

February 2015 CEO Confidence Index

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, shrank 3.9% in February, putting confidence back at December levels, landing at 6.45 out of a possible 10, compared to 6.71 for January. However, when compared against the same year-ago period, confidence is up nearly 10%.

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Middle-Market PE Deals Expected to Outperform the S&P 500

Middle-market private equity players expect PE investments to outperform U.S. stocks this year, following up on a strong performance last year, according to a new survey from ACG New York, as reported by Law360. About 73% of 129 middle-market dealmakers surveyed by ACG over the past two months said they expect middle-market PE investments to outperform the benchmark S&P 500 stock index this year.

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Mid-Market Firms Should Set Realistic Supply Chain Goals

It's great to aspire to be like the big guys, but when it comes to managing the supply chain, mid-market firms just don't have the resources and the connections that their larger counterparts do. As a result it's not enough to say you want to be like Toyota or Dell. Mid-marketers, says Steve Vecchiarelli, vice president of supply chain for Digi-Key Electronics, need to set more realistic goals.

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The Connection Between Culture and Success

Creating a winning baseball team like the San Francisco Giants, 2014's World Series Champions, is more than simply securing good players. It is, after all, a business, and there is a profit that needs to be made after paying for operational expenses. So it's not surprising to hear Larry Baer, CEO of the San Francisco Giants franchise, talk in The Wall Street Journal about the business of running a baseball franchise.

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