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The Pension Pickle

In addition to budget crises and high unemployment rates, serious pension problems loom for the US. States now face a $3 trillion-plus shortfall in state pension plan funds. Unable to hire new employees, CEOs are increasingly reliant on contract workers; this just results in depressed employment and loss of payroll taxes for states that desperately need revenue.

ChiefExecutive.net Global Business , Governance/Compliance , North America June 13 2011

The Quotable Mary Barra

Stanford Graduate School of Business is understandably proud of its alumni. The school compiled the following compendium of comments by the new head of General Motors who received her MBA from Stanford GSB in 1990. Barra discusses cars, leadership and the best advice she ever received.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 17 2014
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The Real Inconvenient Truth

Now that BP America, Conoco Phillips and Caterpillar have dropped out of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, it’s clear that [...]

ChiefExecutive.net Green Business March 8 2010

The Regulatory and Fiscal Cliffhanger for SME CEOs

The typical small to medium company business leader must feel like Indiana Jones, but with his luck about to run out.

ChiefExecutive.net Final Word September 19 2012

The Sage of Omaha Speaks to CEOs About Uncertainty

Warren Buffett chides CEOs about their “hand-wringing” over “uncertainty” when faced with capital allocation decisions. In his 2012 Berkshire Hathaway annual report, Buffett says America has faced the unknown since 1776 and that “opportunities abound for America. Further he says “American business will do fine over time. And stocks will do well just as certainly, since their fate is tied to business performance.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter April 3 2013

The Top 10 Modern Despots

The Top 10  Modern DespotsRankDespot NamePositionCountryPeriod of regimeDeathsSource 1Mao ZedongChairman of the Communist Party of ChinaChina 1945 – 197644.5 to [...]

ChiefExecutive.net March 23 2009

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

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
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The View From Marketing: How To Get The Most From Your CMO

ChiefExecutive.net July 25 2011

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

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