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Transitioning at GM and Ford Reveal Different Cultures and Circumstances

Both GM’s Dan Akerson and Ford’s Alan Mulally arrived at their respective positions from outside the auto industry. The former is the “accidental car guy” while the latter is the aviation engineer. Their exits are being closely watched but for slightly different reasons.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 22 2013

CEO Confidence Reaches Highest Level in Two and a Half Years

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, rose 7.4% in December to its highest level since April 2011, landing at 6.12 out of a possible 10.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index December 15 2013

CEO Positions of the Week – 01/06/14

Recent postings of jobs for chief executives from around the country.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Positions , Recruiting January 5 2014

CEOs and Venture Capitalists Expect Higher investment in 2014

Venture capitalists (VCs) and CEOs of venture-backed companies are showing a mix of greater optimism, confidence and measured concern for the venture ecosystem in 2014 according to the results from this year’s Venture View predictions survey. The survey was conducted by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource. Respondents predict next year will bring improvements across several fronts, including greater IPO (initial public offering) volume for venture-backed companies, greater employment at startups and improved returns to limited fronts.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 5 2014

The 10 Biggest CEO Losers of 2013

Which CEOs made the most egregious errors in 2013? Forbes’s Sandy Adams compiled a diverse roster of bosses’ mistakes that cover a range of behavior, from obliterating their companies’ stock value to making appallingly offensive statements that brought ridicule on them and in one case a boycott of the company’s products.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 5 2014

Buzzwords: “We Need to Retire”

Do your eyes glaze over whenever you hear certain words and phrases that have long passed their sell-by date? queried CEOs and its general readers for buzzwords they would like to ban. We invite Briefing readers to volunteer their own.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Editor's Note January 12 2014

Narcissism as a Predictor of Company Performance

The dean of Australia’s Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has conducted a study into the level of narcissism as a leadership trait among CEOs at the U.S.’s top 100 companies. The least narcissistic CEOs are revealed in a new study.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 12 2014

CEO Confidence Index Remains Steady from December

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, stayed relatively unchanged in January, rising just 0.3% to 6.14 out of a possible 10.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Confidence Index January 6 2014

How Far Should States Go in Offering Incentives to Business?

In the tussle with state governments over tax breaks and incentives, sometimes companies blink first.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations January 20 2014

Google’s Nest Labs Acquisition Signals Strategy Shift

Already a dominating presence on the Internet, Google is making its way further into people’s lives when it agreed to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. It represents a big push into the “Internet of Things.” Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft take note.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 20 2014

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