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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.

Silicon Valley Titan Peter Thiel Raises Eyebrows with Trump Endorsement Speech

Peter Thiel has been called Donald Trump’s “most unlikely supporter” because he is an openly gay tech titan. But there he was on Thursday evening at the GOP convention in Cleveland, helping introduce the Republican presidential nominee who is anathema to so many Silicon Valley CEOs and whose party takes official positions against progress for the LGBT community.

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How to Be a Visionary Without Overpromising and Underdelivering

There may be no more fascinating CEO in the world right now than Elon Musk, a true visionary. He heads a series of dynamic, game-changing technology companies—Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop and SolarCity—and is worshiped by many as the next Steve Jobs, yet he’s making mistakes in everyday business that are calling into question whether his full potential as a true visionary can be realized.

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5 Pointers on Launching a Successful IPO Strategy

In late 2015, Truck Hero, a designer, manufacturer, supplier and e-commerce retailer of accessories for pickup trucks, had as much momentum as a runaway Mack. The fast-growing sales of its aftermarket products were tapping into America’s pickup-truck boom. Looking forward, the company had ambitious plans for an initial public offering. The IPO was projected to raise about $240 million, placing the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company on the New York Stock Exchange.

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5 Lessons for a Corporate Turnaround from an Auto Industry CEO

There are few tougher jobs for a CEO than competing in the U.S. auto industry these days. Sales are leveling off after post-recession boom times, but there’s been no appreciable thinning of the herd, putting extra pressure on every car maker—especially the small fry.

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States, Localities Join the Feds in the Fight Against Companies Dodging Taxes  

The Obama administration got tougher against mergers motivated by so-called corporate tax-inversion schemes, and now the states are doing something similar by mitigating tax-haven usage. Boards will have to deal with the state-government impulse just as they’re confronting more obstacles to combinations of American companies with overseas concerns.

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4 Lessons for New CEOs on Choosing a Leadership Team

One of the most important things a new business leader does is assemble his or her leadership team. But new CEOs and chairmen typically will only go as far as their hand-picked team will take them. How does one decide whom to choose? 

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Popular Summer Vacation Spots for CEOs

Still trying to decide where to take your family or go yourself on a summer vacation? Here are some great ideas from CEOs' and other executives' plans.

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11 Books on CEOs’ Summer Reading List

It happens every summer—CEOs take time off for vacation, and they want to have a good book, or two, or three along with them to provide some mental relaxation along with the physical. Here’s what some CEOs told us they have on their summer reading list, and why.

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