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Expect More Mid-Market Divestitures in 2014

Business owners are more interested in selling part of their companies rather than the entire enterprise. They’re also more inclined to divest significant assets to make investments rather than take on debt, and that 2014 and 2015 will be a buyers’ market. CEOs keen on opportunistic acquisitions may benefit.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Marketing & Sales , Mid-Market Company March 10 2014

Lean Production’s Next Frontiers and How CEOs Can Benefit

Lean is one of the biggest management ideas of the past 50 years, says McKinsey’s Ewan Duncan and Ron Ritter in the current issue of the McKinsey Quarterly. It may have started in assembly plants and other factory settings but it has moved into services ranging from retailing and healthcare to financial services, IT, and even the public sector. How might CEOs outside of manufacturing apply some of these insights to their companies?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations February 23 2014

10 Best Companies for Executive Women and What CEOs Can Do to Develop Women Leaders

The percentage of board seats occupied by women among those ranked increased for the second consecutive year. AstraZeneca. EY, and General Mills top the list. General Motors recently named its first female CEO – although there was controversy over her “gendered” salary. The experience of Deloitte LLP offers guidance to CEOs on how to retain talented women leaders by incorporating flexibility into one’s culture.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management February 16 2014

5 Disruptions that Come with 3-D Printing

Additive manufacturing –3-D Printing–is evolving so fast, that CEOs and others may find themselves unprepared for five disruptions that will accompany it. Here’s what to expect.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations , Technology February 16 2014

Lessons on Succession from the Microsoft CEO Search Saga

Continuity triumphs as Satya Nadella, a 22-year veteran becomes Microsoft’s third CEO. Bill Gates returns as technology advisor and eminence gris. Here’s what the 46 year-old freshly- minted CEO faces–and what other companies might think about when confronting their own succession dilemmas.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Talent Management February 9 2014

New Walmart CEO Faces Desk Full of Challenges

Doug McMillon, the new CEO of Walmart, barely had time to find the water cooler this week before confronting a huge pile of challenges that awaited on the desk he inherited from retired chief Michael Duke. The transition illustrates a challenge common to most companies: markets and external forces never stand still and the volatile and chaotic times will demand more from boards and company leaders.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 9 2014

Hospitals Want CEOs without Healthcare Experience

Another knock-on effect of the ACA is that healthcare and hospital systems are struggling to cope with new managerial changes demanded of them. Increasingly, hospital boards want an outside perspective, along with different skill sets—and they are willing to go outside the industry to get it.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Healthcare February 9 2014

CEO Confidence Index Drops 4.2%

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, dropped more than 4% in February, falling to 5.88 out of a possible 10.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index February 7 2014

Is Apple’s Magic Wearing Thinner?

Apple’s recent quarterly profits may have disappointed investors, but does this suggest that the magic is beginning to fade? The Apple strategy is proving to be both unconventional and extremely difficult to implement over a long period.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Do Performance Reviews Underperform?

Performance reviews are meant to develop people to reach their highest potential, often tied to pay raises and upward mobility. In spite of their common use, they are usually equally despised by employees and managers. Perhaps performance reviews need a performance review.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Talent Management February 2 2014

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