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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.

Public Utility Company Exelon Shows Other Sectors and Firms How to Be Innovative

Businesswoman standing looking at marketing flowchart in desert setting

Exelon is a Chicago-based public utility—a traditional, conservative firm. But by some of the moves taking place lately under CEO Christopher Crane—including a new “intrapreneurship” initiative and a flirtation with entrepreneurs known as “Dancing with the Startups”—Exelon seems to be charting a course of reinvention that is unusual for such an old-line concern. And chiefs in other traditional verticals might want to take notice.

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5 Insights for Making the Most of Your Baby Boomer Employees

As the labor market tightens, it’s natural for business chiefs to focus on attracting and keeping Generation Y, which at once has become both the most numerous population of working Americans and the most influential in many ways. But they also should strive to manage effectively their oldest generation, boomers, who comprised the previous largest generation and whose skills, preferences, strengths and weaknesses largely have shaped the modern economy.

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Disruptive Technologies Are Keeping CEOs on Their Toes

The constant speed of change in most industries is similar to the blur of a car driving on the Autobahn. But if change is the road traveled, disruptive technologies are the vehicle. And just as drivers must be acutely aware of the car on either side of them on a highway, so too must CEOs be acutely aware of the competitors running alongside their company, lest they be disrupted.

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Manufacturers Struggle With ‘Conflict Minerals’ Audit Compliance

U.S. manufacturers shelled out more than $700 million and racked up 6 million staff hours to comply with government rules to disclose conflict minerals in their supply chains, according to Tulane University research. Still, many companies have no idea whether materials vital to their manufacturing process originate from Congo and other war-torn countries. And in the end, it may not matter.

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