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CEO Confidence Index Drops to Lowest Level Since March, But Still Up from Year Ago

The CEO Confidence Index fell 4.0% in July to 5.84 out of a possible 10. Though expectations for overall business conditions are down, the metric is still improved from a year ago. CEO Confidence Index July 9 2013

5 Growth and Renewal Opportunities

Four years after the official end of the Great Recession, economic recovery has been anemic culminating in the lowest labor participation rate in decades. But the U. S. does not have to resign itself to sluggish growth. Game changers: Five opportunities for U.S. growth and renewal, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), identifies specific catalysts that can add hundreds of billions of dollars to annual GDP and create millions of new jobs by 2020. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy July 19 2013

Innovation Is a Top Priority for Business

Chief executives around the world are gearing up their efforts to innovate and find new ways to do business, in order to stimulate growth in a challenging global business environment. According to a PwC Pulse Survey of 246 CEOs in North and South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East reveals that 97% of CEOs see innovation as a top priority for their business. The Pulse Survey was conducted as a follow-up to the recent PwC CEO Survey of 1,330 CEOs around the globe which showed innovation to be a major and lingering CEO concern. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy July 11 2013

What You Are Not Hearing About Detroit’s Bankruptcy

Detroit ‘s bankruptcy is a warning that no city is too big to fail. Cities that fail have knock-on effects that impact business. Detroit is about $18 billion in debt, and will only be able to pay out a fraction of what it owes. Some media reports hint that it’s problems may lead to some form of federal bailout. But is this really likely? What are the likely impacts on business in the region? CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business July 26 2013

As GM Braces for Disruptive Innovation, How Should You?

“As General Motors chief executive Dan Akerson sees it, Tesla Motors has the potential to be a disruptive force to the automotive industry,” reports the Washington Post “and he doesn’t want to be caught off guard.” To its credit GM (finally) is aware of developments beyond its walls. But are you taking appropriate steps with respect to disruptive innovation? CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy July 26 2013

Five Lessons for CEOs from Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

Maybe it’s too soon to pop the champagne corks for Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, but there are signs. People are spending more time on Yahoo’s flagship website. Talented engineers and entrepreneurs are coming to work for the company. Investors are adding its long-languishing stock to their portfolios again. When Yahoo lured Marissa Mayer away from Google to become its CEO last year, people inside and out held their breadth. Her early success offers lessons for other leaders. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 2 2013

Why M&A Activity May Suffer

Last June, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell the most in 19 months after Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the central bank could cut back monthly bond purchases later this year. This change in Fed activity might send interest rates up, assert Wall Street advisors, whose business has benefited from low interest rates and record share prices. M&A experts are dampening forecasts for the next six months as a result of added uncertainty of valuations. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance August 2 2013

CEOs Can’t Cut the Cost-Cutting Habit

The absence of revenue growth is driving a disconcerting trend lurking beneath the recent round of solid profit forecasts announced by companies ranging from United Technologies Corp to Wendy’s Co., says “More than three years into the recovery, CEOs are still relying on cost cuts to prop up earnings.” CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 2 2013

Expect Jeff Bezos to Reinvent the News Business

According to commentator Brad Stone, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos isn’t trying to kill the media business, but he may be trying to re-invent it and by doing so may be trying to race ahead of firms like Apple and Google. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business , Leadership & Strategy August 16 2013

Cloud Technologies Offer Promise to Mid-Market Companies But Security Concerns Persist

Nearly four in every 10 mid-market (companies in the range of $50 million to $1 billion in revenues) executives say issues concerning data privacy and security risks are holding them back from moving to the cloud and making other key tech investments, according to a Deloitte report. In addition, security concerns are hampering IT adoption. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Technology August 9 2013

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