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Only in California: When Tax Breaks Become Tax Liabilities

It doesn’t get much more absurd. Over the last five years the state of California handed out over $120 million in tax credits and incentives for specific small business startups. Guess what? The state’s Franchise Tax Board is asking for all that money back. Only Sacramento could devise a scheme to change the rules and sock it to job creators.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance August 30 2013

After Ballmer, What?

Since he announced his intention to step down as CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer has triggered a world wide betting game as to who will succeed him. Microsoft’s board has appointed a special committee to help decide if the next chief executive will be an insider like Julie Larson-Green, or the prodigal Stephen Elop of Nokia. (Ladbrokes, the London betting agents give Elop a 5 to 1 advantage.) But the central issue of concern is what the company needs to do to transform since it lost its dominate position in computing. Microsoft once ruled the tech world. Now it’s one player among many. Will the new CEO have his or her options foreclosed?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy September 6 2013

Meg Whitman’s LinkedIn Message Underscores Turnaround Moves

After announcing its third quarter earnings, HP CEO Meg Whitman spoke with CNBC’s Jim Cramer about the company’s leadership changes to aimed at driving its turnaround. Feeling she might not have fully gotten her message across Whitman went on LinkedIn to elaborate. It’s a communications gambit more CEOs are likely to use when a lot is at stake.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy September 6 2013

Interpreting the Job Creation Data for Job Creators

U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent from 7.4 percent the previous month. Economists had been expecting job expansion of about 170,000 to 200,000. The Washington Post scores this as a clear signal for an improving economy while The New York Times and other media are more circumspect. Both seem to ignore the fact that if the economy were to fill the jobs gap left by the recession within the next four years, around 300,000 jobs a month would need to be created, according to the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. Why business leaders should take a cautious look and see what’s behind the data.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance September 6 2013

Getting Real About CEO Pay

When CEOs exceed expectations or outpace rivals they tend to reap big rewards and when they fall short of financial hurdles they tend to lose out on pay and bonuses. According to a reports from the Wall Street Journal based on a study by Equilar more and more S&P 500 CEOs have been clearing or exceeding the goals set by directors. But is this the complete picture? Since when is public company compensation representative for all CEOs?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation September 13 2013

Can Twitter Build a Money-Making Business on 140-Characters?

Twitter filed the initial paperwork on Thursday for its long-awaited initial public offering of stock. Unlike typical IPOs, however, potential investors won’t get a peek at the company’s finances.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy September 13 2013

The Unintended Consequences of SEC Proposed Pay Rule

The SEC has just proposed a rule that will require all public companies to report the ratio between the total pay of the CEO and the median pay of all other employees (excluding the CEO). Some of the unintended consequences –particularly for employment– will be severe.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance September 20 2013

The Trader Joe’s Model for Employee Retention

CEOs take note: Not every company fits the Trader Joe’s model, but some observers suggest that it offers many easy-to-implement ideas: break goals down into smaller, sub goals; celebrate the accomplishment of small goals loudly and joyously; actively solicit and put into effect employee ideas for improvement.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management September 20 2013

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?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance September 27 2013

Why Going Private Is the New Black

Tech leader Tom Lounibus thinks it’s no accident that more and more tech companies are going private. But why would this trend also affect non-tech companies?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy September 27 2013

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