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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.

7 Pointers for Making the Most of an Advisory Board

Forming an advisory board can be a great way for a privately held small or mid-sized company—or even a public company—to tap into trends the CEO doesn’t know about, to rely on proven expertise to extend the enterprise in new ways, and even to line up potential future investors, directors or employees.

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Brazen and Bold, or Understated but Effective: How Do You Like Your CEOs?


Leadership styles among CEOs are becoming increasingly divergent. A new breed of high-profile, fast-talking, even brash business leaders seems to be eclipsing generations of the traditional buttoned-down breed of C-suite denizens who made and executed decisions in an understated way.

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10 States with the Most Fortune 500 Headquarters


Hosting the headquarters for America’s largest corporations used to be a pretty good indicator of whether a city and a state were friendly to business. But no more.

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The 10 Top States by GDP


America’s traditional economic powerhouse states lie on the fringes of the national map, and produce the largest Gross Domestic Product. But it’s states in Flyover Country that have been experiencing the biggest relative increases in GDP, according to the latest figures.

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The 10 Best States for High Tech


Digital technology steers economic growth in the United States now as never before. Every company must become a “tech company” to some degree, as the digitization of each industry proceeds apace.

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7 Lessons in Employee Management from the Tyson Foods Contract Worker Ruling


Manufacturing CEOs may have been taken aback by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision holding Tyson Foods responsible for overtime pay for thousands of its plant workers, but legal experts said business leaders can learn a few significant things from the ruling that will help protect their own companies from such a future judgment.

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A Well-Kept Secret: This Auto Parts Maker is Finding All the Skilled Workers it Needs in South Central Michigan


The Great Recession sacked the metalcasting industry, of course, joining with technological advancements, foreign competition and tightening regulations to carve the base of 2,170 foundries down to about 1,965 facilities last year. But industry sales were expected to reach $33.5 billion by next year after bottoming out at $21.6 billion in 2009.

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Could Dodd-Frank Legislation Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

If America’s CEOs wrote political and economic history, textbooks already would say that Dodd-Frank, the financial overhaul enacted by President Obama and Congress in 2010, had failed.

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