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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.

Post-GE, How Dodd-Frank Will Affect the FinServ Market in 2015

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt has some very specific reasons for launching a vast restructuring of the American industrial giant that will have the firm sell off GE Capital and exiting the financial services industry. But many of the forces that prompted Immelt’s major strategic move also afflict other financial-services companies, and these pressures aren’t going away.

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Paying Customers for Personal Data: How Far Should CEOs Go?

Capturing actionable data about customers and prospects can help companies achieve the holy grail of marketing—sending the right message to the right customer at the right time. But one company—John Hancock Insurance—has stretched the bar a little farther in achievement of that goal, and its new initiative will catch the attention of CEOs in many industries.

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Are ‘Unicorn’ Startups Endangered?

A leading Silicon Valley investor has warned that tech investments may be reaching a new bubble stage and that leaders of digital-technology startups shouldn’t expect an easy ascension to “unicorn” status like many of their predecessors.

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Toyota Offers a Lesson in How to Get Back Up After Falling Down

Only five years ago, the Toyota Production System—and the company that spawned it—were the envy of the manufacturing world. Then Toyota buckled, and “TPS” became yesterday’s glory. But now a humbled and wiser Toyota is launching a new, global, “modular” manufacturing system that is meant to re-establish its former pre-eminence in making automobiles. There are lessons other CEOs can learn from Toyota's rise back up from the manufacturing ashes.

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Governors Are Touting Wins of Large-Scale Manufacturing Facilities in Their States

With the U.S. economic recovery in full swing, governors are going head to head to land the next big manufacturing operation and bring thousands of new jobs to their state. A half dozen or so, including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Washington, and of course, Nevada and Texas—already have major wins to report—but with the ink dry, governors have been quick to look toward their next big win, from companies such as Volvo, which is currently in the market for a state in which to hang its manufacturing hat.

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