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The Regulatory and Fiscal Cliffhanger for SME CEOs

The typical small to medium company business leader must feel like Indiana Jones, but with his luck about to run out.

ChiefExecutive.net Final Word September 19 2012

How to Sell in Emerging Markets

Want to sell in emerging markets? Act like a local, says McKinsey principal Jon Vander Ark, in the McKinsey Quarterly. These markets can be fertile ground for enormous sales growth, but each market has its own unique hurdles.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 4 2012

10 Companies with the Biggest Cash Stockpiles in America

Writing in Seeking Alpha, investment analyst and newsletter author David Sterman identifies 10 companies that are sitting on significant cash piles. Stunned to find how much some companies were sitting on, he says in some instances, these companies have such a large amount of cash that it equals or surpasses what some countries produce in terms of annual economic activity (GDP).

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 4 2012

5 Tax Increases Headed for Small Business

If President Obama is re-elected, argues Ryan Ellis, tax policy director at Americans for Tax Reform, one vitally important group of ratepayers—small business—will face five critical tax hikes.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , TAX POLICY October 4 2012

Devising a HR Strategy for Global Expansion

Some entrepreneurs believe employee empowerment is not just a buzzword but also a business strategy. Founder and CEO of ecommerce giant Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, is a big believer that business must consciously develop a global worldview and culture before attempting international expansion. Rakuten, which also owns Canadian e-book creator Kobo and Buy.com, is giving Amazon.com its first serious competition in years. In his recent book, “Marketplace 3.0, Rewriting the Rules of Borderless Business” he sets forth a path for doing this.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business October 11 2012

Five Reasons to Have Second Thoughts about Simpson-Bowles

The Simpson-Bowles budget plan is often represented by media pundits and Washington insiders as a model for a bipartisan “grand bargain” to fix the deficit. It’s not surprising that Beltway wise men would want to steer the country in the tax-and-spend direction of Simpson-Bowles, but others are not so sure mainly because it leaves the spending spigot on. Here are five reasons why one might have second thoughts:

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 11 2012

How Have Business Leader Politicos Performed?

Did the significant class of CEOs and business owners who won high office in 2010 make the kind of difference they’d declared they would—cutting government deficits, lightening regulatory loads, spurring job creation and generally goosing economies the same way they grew their companies?

ChiefExecutive.net Governance/Compliance October 11 2012

5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 970,000 restaurants in America. Further research indicates that the three-year failure rate for restaurants hovers around 60 percent. So just what is it that makes some restaurants fold, while others turn into gold? For two successful Washington D.C.-based restaurants, the answer to their success starts with family.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy October 18 2012

Director Compensation rose significantly in 2011, fueled by higher retainers and equity awards

Cash compensation for S&P 500 corporate board directors increased by only 1 percent while total comp increased by 8 percent. Companies are moving away from compensation based upon meeting attendance. Despite long-standing criticism companies continue to offer benefits to directors.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation October 18 2012

CEO Confidence Plummets to 2012 Low on Fears of Obama Re-Election

The CEO Confidence Index dropped 6.6% in October to 2012′s new low: 5.11 out of a possible 10. It is apparent that September’s 2.5% rise to 5.47 was momentary; the October drop fits an overall downward trend in confidence that has pervaded most of the year.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index October 19 2012

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