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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.

Women in the C-Suite: Some Good News, Bad News

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Spurred by the successes of women in shattering the glass ceiling to the corner office, the issue of how females are treated as business leaders continues to spawn fascinating new insights that CEOs and company owners – as well as their charges – can use to guide their decisions and their careers. The latest of these is a new study on female CEO pay.

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A Look at Walmart’s HR Strategy From the Inside Out: Would it Work for Your Company?

One of the nation’s toughest jobs in human resources has got to be heading up Walmart’s workforce of 1.3 million people, America’s largest roster of commercial workers. But as executive vice president of people for the vast chain, Kristin Oliver is focusing on the new opportunities inherent in a culture-driven transformation of the giant retailer rather than by the struggles of the past.

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Texas: Beyond Black Gold

For the entirety of its run atop the Chief Executive Best & Worst States for Business annual rankings, Texas has benefited from high or rising prices for crude oil, and from the savvy and energy of a single, exceptionally growth-minded governor.

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California: Driving Change

Stephen Gordon was mad as hell at California government, and he wasn’t going to take it anymore. So the chairman, CEO and president of Opus Bank launched a $1 billion challenge fund to provide capital to businesses that dare to expand their operations in California.

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Arthur Laffer: Taking On Taxes

Back in the '80s, Arthur Laffer became known as the father of “supply-side economics” and the intellectual inspiration for much of the domestic Reagan Revolution. Nowadays, the 75-year-old iconoclastic economist is preaching the gospel of tax cuts at the state level as the ticket for regional and national prosperity.

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Highway Accessibility Is No. 1 Concern of Manufacturing CEOs in Site Selection

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The nasty electoral battle in Michigan over a one-percentage-point sales-tax increase to cover road repairs climaxed with a vote on the measure this week. But it’s just one indication of the fact that, across the country, CEOs and site consultants are more concerned than ever about the fitness of the transportation infrastructure when it comes to supporting business expansion.

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