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dale buss
Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

Fast-Food CEOs Are Caught in Perfect Storm of Woes

If you think you’ve got problems, maybe you should be running a fast-food company these days. The challenges faced by CEOs and brand owners and franchisees in the quick-serve-restaurant (QSR) business begin with disinterested customers, stretch to striking workers, include problems with products and positioning, and extend to increasingly formidable competition, along with increasing pressure from legislation.

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Factoryless Goods Producers Will Maintain Non-Manufacturer Status for Now

The only true way to track the re-growth of U.S. manufacturing is to use reliable statistics about the output of America’s factories and the people they employ. That reality was behind the Obama administration’s recent decision to shelve a controversial proposal to reclassify ‘factoryless’ goods producers as U.S. manufacturers despite the positive sheen it would have placed on the nation’s manufacturing efforts.

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CEO Pay May Not Be as Big an Issue as it’s Built Up to Be

It’s clear that the zeitgeist has turned against outsized CEO compensation. But corporate boards of directors, and even rank-and-file shareholders, aren’t necessarily falling into the opposite camp these days when hot-button issues such as golden parachutes or exorbitant pay for business chiefs reach them for a vote. This is a perhaps-unexpected reality that some CEOs might be able to take to the bank.

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‘Outrageous’ CEO Behavior Grows, Mirroring Society

Pressure can get to any business leader. But taking a clue from the boorish excesses of American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, does it seem like the outrageous behavior of more CEOs and company owners is starting to mirror the increased wackiness that is evident in society as a whole?

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