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Coming to Grips with the Purpose of “Purpose”

In his observations of great and the good at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Financial Times senior editor observed one trend that didn’t receive much notice elsewhere: how to use the term “purpose.”

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

Will Companies Drop Healthcare Coverage Because of ACA?

Will 2014 mark the beginning of the end for employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it? Target recently announced that it will no longer provide health insurance for its part-time employees. Trader Joe’s and Home Depot also made similar moves. Why? Some experts say it’s because of Obamacare. Others are not so sure.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Health/Benefits , Operations , Talent Management January 26 2014

When Is it Time to Go?

Company leaders who overstay their welcome ultimately hurt their organization’s performance new research suggests. In addition, management expert Ram Charan argues in his latest book, “Boards that Lead,”that CEO tenure is dropping in part because of boards are no longer reluctant to pull the trigger, but also due to the fact that more and more CEOs are unable to navigate a necessary change of course.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy January 26 2014

Does the CEO Have to be Attractive to Succeed?

Is beauty in the eye of the shareholder? In a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, hiring good-looking executives is good for the bottom line. The study, Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Values, deployed a ‘Facial Attractiveness Index’ to value the appearance of 677 chief executives from the S&P 500. “Attractive” bosses received better compensation – but more than that: share prices can rise if the CEO is “attractive.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 20 2014

Google’s Nest Labs Acquisition Signals Strategy Shift

Already a dominating presence on the Internet, Google is making its way further into people’s lives when it agreed to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. It represents a big push into the “Internet of Things.” Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft take note.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 20 2014

How Far Should States Go in Offering Incentives to Business?

In the tussle with state governments over tax breaks and incentives, sometimes companies blink first.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations January 20 2014

Narcissism as a Predictor of Company Performance

The dean of Australia’s Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has conducted a study into the level of narcissism as a leadership trait among CEOs at the U.S.’s top 100 companies. The least narcissistic CEOs are revealed in a new study.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 12 2014

Buzzwords: “We Need to Retire”

Do your eyes glaze over whenever you hear certain words and phrases that have long passed their sell-by date? queried CEOs and its general readers for buzzwords they would like to ban. We invite Briefing readers to volunteer their own.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Editor's Note January 12 2014

CEO Confidence Index Remains Steady from December

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, stayed relatively unchanged in January, rising just 0.3% to 6.14 out of a possible 10.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index January 6 2014

The 10 Biggest CEO Losers of 2013

Which CEOs made the most egregious errors in 2013? Forbes’s Sandy Adams compiled a diverse roster of bosses’ mistakes that cover a range of behavior, from obliterating their companies’ stock value to making appallingly offensive statements that brought ridicule on them and in one case a boycott of the company’s products.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 5 2014

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