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The ‘Celebrity’ of CEO Salary

CEO pay is an emotional issue with some, but it as a business performance issue it may be beside the point. Simply said, reducing chief executive pay, while a nice symbolic gesture, is not going to materially improve profitability. Symbolism won’t pay shareholder dividends, won’t drive revenue and won’t better the bottom line. One expert suggests that more attention and energy should go into investigating supplier “salary” rather than CEO remuneration.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 7 2013

Middle Market Poised to Add One Million Jobs

Forty-two percent of mid-size companies plan to add workers in 2013.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 8 2013

Strong Company Reputations Aren’t Always What They Seem

Amazon.com is widely popular. In fact, according to a Harris Interactive survey of 14,000 individuals Amazon enjoys the best reputation among the general public of any company. But wait. Last year last year Apple topped Harris Interactive same survey and recently it has seen its stock plummet by more than 20 percent. Mark Hulbert, editor of the Hulbert Financial Digest argues that the most admired companies aren’t always the best investments.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 13 2013

Entrepreneurs’ Propensity for Risk; Taxes, Licensing Regulations and Economic Uncertainty Cited as Challenges

Data on newly formed companies and their founders are hard to come by, but a vital component to measuring economic health emerged in a recent study of today’s entrepreneurs. LegalZoom and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation surveyed 1,431 business owners who formed their companies through LegalZoom in 2012. Policy makers should heed the finding that certain barriers impede start-ups at a critical stage of development.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 13 2013

Doctor Shortage in California In Face of Obamacare Overhaul

California, the state that first attempted to implement President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, has realized there aren’t enough doctors to care for the large influx of newly insured patients.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 13 2013

CEO Confidence Index March 2013

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next 12 months, dipped 1.5% in March, falling to 5.55. CEOs remain cautiously optimistic about prospects over the next year.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index March 14 2013

Does Marissa Mayer Have What It Takes to Fix Yahoo?

Fred Hassan, a six time turnaround CEO, has his doubts but feels as a product leader, Marissa Mayer is the right person. The difficulty lies in the fact that as a newly minted public company CEO, she has never seen a turnaround at Google—and needs advice and support to undertake what arguably is the most difficult task any CEO faces.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 20 2013

Using War Games to Battle Test Your Innovation Strategy

When launching new offerings innovators commonly fail to anticipate their rivals actions and motivations. McKinsey strategy practice experts say that war gaming competitors can help focus innovators in the way they identify markets, seize opportunities and shape their new products and services.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 27 2013

10 CEOs Earn ‘Only’ $1 a Year

CEO.com assembled a list of 10 “big-time CEOs” who earn a base salary of just $1 a year. At a time when most CEOs are notorious for enormous pay packages (on average $10.5 million, according to Forbes), these 10 have opted for something less lofty. They do have one thing in common: all are entrepreneurial with all but one—Eddie Lampert—having founded a business. Yes, Virginia, founder-entrepreneurs do think differently than manager-CEOs.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 27 2013

What to Do About Swelling U.S. Cash Piles

U.S. non-financial companies held a record $1.45 trillion in cash at the end of 2012, up 10 percent from the previous year, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Apple and a handful of other tech firms have raised the overall liquidity of public companies. The richest industries are technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical, energy and consumer products, according to Moody’s.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 27 2013

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