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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

JCPenney Board Plays Russian Roulette Succession

Recently a fight broke out among the board of JCPenney about the retail giant’s future and who should lead it. Hedge fund activist Bill Ackman wants the board to find a long-term replacement for Mike Ullman, who was brought back from retirement after the board fired former Apple marketing executive Ron Johnson last Spring. The retail giant, still tumbling from earlier management shake-ups, now faces a gun-to-our head succession process. The outcome will not be pretty. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 9 2013

CEO Confidence Index Beats Expectations From a Year Ago, Though CEOs Remain Cautious

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, stayed relatively flat in August, falling just 0.4% from July to 5.82 out of a possible 10. The Index has fallen more than 4% since June when it reached a 2-year high of 6.09, a number that had not been seen since May 2011. CEO Confidence Index August 13 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

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

One Entrepreneur Speaks His Mind: Targeting the Wealthy Kills Jobs

Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rogers let it all hang out in the Op-Ed pages of The Wall Street Journal. He compared his San Jose, CA company’s investment totaling $797 million to create chip-making plants between 1983 and 2003 leading to the creation of 4,003 jobs — roughly an investment of $198,000 per job– and contrasts this with $500,000 to $4 million per job created by the Obama administration in the course of its stimulus program. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 23 2013

Tax Inversion: One Way to Lower One’s Corporate Tax without Waiting for Washington

A growing number of US companies are set to save hundreds of millions of dollars in tax by relocating to Europe after completing takeovers of Europeon firm, according to a report in the Financial Times. ”Some of the biggest mergers and acquisitions so far in 2013 have involved so-called “tax inversions” – where a US acquirer shifts overseas, to Europe in particular, to pay a lower rate. These deals have come at a time when politicians in Washington have been increasing their calls for corporate tax reform.” CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance August 23 2013

2013 Inc. 500 Recognizes Chief Executive Group as One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

937% Three-Year Sales Growth Earns Company Position #9 Among All Media Companies. Chief Executive Group was recognized today as one of America’s fastest growing companies. Inc. Magazine listed the company as a member of the 2013 Inc. 500 with three-year sales growth of 937%. The 2013 Inc. 500 is the most competitive crop in the list’s 32-year history, according to the magazine. Editor's Note August 26 2013

Are You Ready to Take Advantage of Analytics?

Data analytics is growing in acceptance and importance. Ninety-six percent of senior executives say analytics will become more important to their organizations in the next three years. But at the same time many managers are in doubt about “big data” and what they can do to realize value from it. A recent Deloitte survey revealed that while it’s progressing as a decision-making resource, analytics remains in its early days with many companies concerned that they don’t have the internal skills to leverage it. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Technology August 30 2013

Are Women Better Leaders?

Why do many incompetent men become leaders? Asks Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an international authority in personality profiling and psychometric testing, in a recent Harvard Business Review. The truth of the matter is that pretty much anywhere in the world men tend to think that they that are much smarter than women. Yet, he argues, arrogance and overconfidence are inversely related to leadership talent. CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 30 2013

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