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Tweeter-in-Chief: When CEOs Start Twittering, Look Out

CEO are under pressure these days to appear “authentic,” reports The Wall Street Journal’s Leslie Kwoh and Melissa Korn, but using social media—with its demands for quick, unscripted messages—poses risks for the unsuspecting boss.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Technology December 5 2012

2012 Quality of Living worldwide city rankings

A Mercer study identifying the best quality of living among the world’s 200 leading cities finds Vienna at the top, Baghdad at the bottom. Singapore ranks highest for city infrastructure, Port-au-Prince the lowest. Honolulu and San Francisco are the top-ranked US cities for overall quality of living, but European cities dominate the new city infrastructure ranking.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter December 13 2012

CEO Evaluations of Current and Expected Future Business Conditions Even-Out at a Middle Mark

Rebounding slightly from November’s year low, the CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive’s monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next twelve months, rose 2% in December to a mean value of 5.09 (out of a possible 10).

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index December 18 2012

Quality and Safety Are Cited Among Top Concerns of Manufacturers and Consumers

87% of manufacturers agree that government regulations are increasingly stringent. 90% of manufacturers are convinced that innovation is becoming more important. 75% of manufacturers think that consumers are more concerned about the ethical and fair treatment of workers at all levels of the supply chain. 42% of consumers strongly believe that manufacturers need to improve product quality. These are among the key findings of a recent Underwriters Laboratories annual study of manufacturers and consumers.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations December 20 2012

Three Strategies for Revenue Growth

When companies grow from year to year, they don’t grow in a straight line. They hold onto some revenue from current customers, they lose some revenue and customers, and they grow in other areas. Analyzing the ebb and flow of revenue and profit can help a company understand how it grows, plan for future growth, align sales roles, and motivate the right results in those roles.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 10 2013

After the Fall

Whatever emerges from the fiscal cliff, it’s certain taxes will go up. There’s a certain amount of relief that something has been done. But let’s not delude ourselves. This deal is not good for the economy as it doesn’t do anything to cap the burden of government spending. Nor does it reform entitlement programs. Now for the bad news.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 3 2013

U.S. Plunges in Economic Freedom Index

The United States, long considered the standard bearer for economic freedom among large industrial nations, has experienced a substantial decline in economic freedom during the past decade, according to researchers who created the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index .

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 10 2013

2013 Best Companies for Leaders – Top 5

Top 5 Best Companies for Leaders #1 – P&G – Tackling Turnover P&G again tops the list as the Best [...]

ChiefExecutive.net Best Companies for Leaders , CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 10 2013

Shareholder Activism, Increased Expectations Add to Pressure on CEOs

CEOs and boards of directors are feeling the pressures of increased stakeholder activism and scrutiny. When asked in the RHR International 2013 CEO Snapshot Survey about the current biggest threat to their tenure, 22 percent of CEOs cited “failure to perform to stakeholder expectations,” compared to just 12 percent in January 2012. In addition, more than half (57%) say that they will be driving a change in their company’s strategy this year.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 17 2013

In Defense of Which CEOs?

“Chauffer-driven limousines, millions in stock options, golden parachutes. It’s no wonder bosses’ pay and perks can rankle,” write Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan of The Wall Street Journal. The writers argue that “many CEOs are overpaid—or even paid for incompetence, but you can only appreciate good performance once you understand what a leader does.” But is this a balanced understanding of where CEOs are in terms of the reality on the ground?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance January 17 2013

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