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CEOs Remain Cautious Ahead of Presidential Election, Confidence Index Stays Flat in August

The CEO Confidence Index fell just 0.3% in August to 5.34 out of a possible 10 from July’s 5.36. The Index is now down 11.4% from its 2012 high of 6.03 in February. CEOs of small businesses have even less confidence than their bigger business counterparts.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index August 27 2012

What Causes CEO Failure?

Yahoo has had six CEOs in five years. At HP one CEO lasted six months. According to some studies up to a third of Fortune 500 CEOs have lasted three years with top executive failure rates as high as 75 percent and rarely less than 30 percent. In a study by Booz. Consultants, CEO tenure today is 7.6 years on a global average down from 9.5 years in 1995. According to the Harvard Business Review, two out of five new CEOs fail in their first 18 months on the job. What is causing this and what can leaders do to avoid falling victim to missteps?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 29 2012

5 Steps to Upgrade Customer Engagement

McKinsey experts say customers are demanding very different kinds of relationships with companies and suggest ways leaders can jump-start customer engagement across their organization.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 29 2012

10 Steps to Succeed in Effective Use of Social Media

Every business knows about social media, many businesses have some sort of social media presence, but very few have implemented a comprehensive and successful social media strategy that maximizes benefits and mitigates risks. Why is this? The answer is simple: The Three “C’s:” Content, Context and Conditions.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Technology September 6 2012

Political Center

How Have Business Leader Politicos Performed? Examining the CEO to Politician Path Want to know the one thing that can [...]

ChiefExecutive.net Election Center August 30 2012

The 27 Most Adaptive Companies

There is a definite competitive advantage to flexibility and adaptiveness, say researchers at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and five capabilities that underscore this capability.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy September 6 2012

Should You Emulate Apple?

McKinsey experts say it’s no mystery why companies should want to emulate successful peers, but they caution when it comes to outliers like Apple as such practices may result in more agonizing frustration than competitive gain. Can one be blinded by star power?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy September 19 2012

6 Imperatives for Driving Innovation In Your Company

In too many companies, innovation is treated like an artform based on inspiration. There’s a better way to manage it. Here’s how.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Innovation , Leadership & Strategy September 13 2012

What You Can Learn From Dow Chemical’s CEO

Andrew Liveris became CEO of Dow Chemical in 2004 and, over the past 8 years, he has transformed the 115 year old Dow from a commodity petrochemical and plastics company into a branded, science based company. This past year, Dow had record sales of $60 billion and a 19% increase in earnings per share (29% increase excluding certain items). Here are a few lessons that other CEOs can learn from Liveris:

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy September 13 2012

U.S. Faces Another Downgrade of its Credit Rating

Moody’s is threatening to downgrade the U.S. prized triple A credit rating if Congress fails to reach a deficit reduction deal. What are the knock-on effects for business and possibly the November election?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance September 13 2012

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