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Stock Market’s Rise May Be Producing Crop of Very Cautious CEOs, Study of Stock Options Suggests

With the stock market surge over the past several years, executive stock options awarded near the bottom of the market are worth small – or not so small – fortunes. How does this affect the way CEOs run their companies? A hefty increase in options’ paper value may lead to sharp decrease in risk-taking CEO Briefing Newsletter April 25 2013

Stop Designing for the Internet First

Toddlers are now using touch-screen tablet computers. Small children now swipe the surfaces of television screens expecting them to work like a mobile device. These may be your future consumers, and they already have mobile technology ingrained in their processes. It used to be that your company’s website was accessed only through a personal computer, and so that’s the interface on which your company focused. Now, it’s time to design for mobile first and the internet second. CEO Briefing Newsletter September 22 2011

Straight Talk About Minimum Wage Laws

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $8/hour to $10/hour by 2016, saying it is a long overdue measure to raise the income of working families. Yet earlier in September Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, also a Democrat, vetoed a City Council bill that would require large retailers [read Wal-Mart] in the city to pay higher wages, a measure that had drawn national attention. Gray called the bill a “job-killer,” saying it would result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Washington. So who’s right? CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance September 27 2013

Strategies for Coping with Obamacare

Some small-businesses are thinking of splitting their firms or taking other steps to avoid the associated costs and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act. Most owners have other less-radical options for maneuvering around the law’s provisions such as transforming their workforce to part-timers, reducing their workers’ hours or even lay off staff in order to remain below the thresholds established under the act. Under the law, firms with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees will have to provide “minimum essential” and “affordable” coverage, or pay a penalty for each employee in excess of 30 full-time employees. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations August 23 2013

Strong Company Reputations Aren’t Always What They Seem 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. CEO Briefing Newsletter March 13 2013

Study Says CEOs Disappoint as Board Members, But Numbers Tell a Different Story

In August, the Stanford School of Business released a survey with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles on the effectiveness [...] CEO Briefing Newsletter September 1 2011

Suppliers Assess Wal-Mart’s ‘Made-in-USA’ Parade

Wal-Mart is drawing all sorts of attention these days for its new commitment to purchasing American-made goods. But unlike decades ago when the retailing giant cajoled manufacturers to source their goods from China and other low-cost nations, this time Wal-Mart is responding opportunistically to a general made-in-the-USA resurgence that already was well underway. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations October 18 2013

Supreme Court Health Care Reform Decision: What CEOs Need To Know

How the Court’s Decision Affects Your Company A Chief Exclusive Webinar CEO Briefing Newsletter June 28 2012

Survival (Not Stakeholders) is the Name of the Game

CEOs are pressured by many different parties who have an interest in the success of the company. These interests, however, [...] CEO Briefing Newsletter October 13 2011

Tablets: Take one and call me in the morning October 3 2011

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