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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.

8 Leadership Tactics From a CEO Who Orchestrated a Successful Turnaround

A CEO who’s an expert in communicating goals and ideals with the people in his company can go a long way in advancing progress or in turning things around. For Kim Yost, chief of a major mid-market retailer in the Midwest called Art Van Furniture, one key to such success has been his use of symbols, icons, slogans, self-published books and even an internal video network to motivate the troops.

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Local Motors Executive Discusses 3D Printing and the Future of Manufacturing

Strati Car

So far this year, Local Motors and its eye-popping 3D “printed” car have dazzled President Obama and Vice President Biden, sparked questions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and captured journalists’ imagination at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now the question is: How quickly will the company’s planned new paradigm for customized manufacturing influence not only auto building but all sorts of other fabrication?

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The Icing on the Cake— A Deal to Deal Direct

IN WRAPPING UP the deal with to locate a giant EV-battery factory near Reno, CEO Elon Musk gained one last, very important concession: a measure making it legal for Tesla to sell directly to Nevada residents without having to go through a traditional dealer of the type that all existing automakers use.

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Why Patent Trolls Could Be an Increasing Threat to Your Company

John Chambers and Myron Ullman, CEOs of Intel and JCPenney, raised eyebrows recently by co-writing a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in which they called for Congress to approve legislation that would “break the business model” of “patent-assertion firms,” otherwise known as patent trolls, which collectively cost the two companies more than one-third of a billion dollars in legal expenses over the last five years.

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Wal-Mart’s Wage Move May Have Opened Pay Increase Floodgates

Wal-Mart’s high-profile move to raise its minimum wage was aimed at least in part at boosting its reputation among certain constituencies. But what ever the motive, the action now looks like it may have been inevitable given other rising market forces at work. It’s also apparent that Wal-Mart's maneuver may have set in motion a trend that could affect just about any company with hourly employees.

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