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.


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Barra Episode Illustrates Fallout of ‘Leaning In’ Movement

Sheryl Sandberg may have prompted a new conversation across business about “leaning in,” but surely the Facebook COO and champion of female CEOs everywhere didn’t actually mean to create a silly season for gender-policing pundits. There are lessons here for companies that sincerely try to elevate women executives.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy February 23 2014

Company Encourages IT “Onshoring” Trend

Genesis10 is growing fast on a “made-in-America” platform of helping clients get the best out of American technology workers.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Mid-Market Company March 2 2014

What Are the True Implications for Manufacturers After the UAW Verdict at VW?

Manufacturing CEOs in the South and elsewhere heaved a sigh of relief after Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejected United Auto Workers union representation. This isn’t the end of unionization attempts at transplants or suppliers.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations March 2 2014

Will Real Tech Innovation Emerge from Lightweight Materials Institute?

The University of Michigan and Ohio State University are bitter rivals on the football field and lots of other arenas. But as the lead institutions in the Defense Department’s new American Lightweight Materials Innovation Institute, they’ll have to get along in a new federally funded effort to advance the manufacturing and use of lightweight, high-performing metals and alloys.

Dale Buss Innovation , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing Newsletter March 10 2014

Tesla “Gigafactory” Could Spur Innovation Across Industries

Landing the Tesla “gigafactory” will be an economic-development bonanza for one of the four states in the running. But beyond the borders of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or Nevada, the complex also could provide a huge innovation boost for the stubborn problem of increasing battery life in electric cars and unleash spinoff advancements in other electricity-related industries.

Dale Buss Innovation , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

Lessons for CEOs on Barra’s Response to GM’s Crisis

Is it possible for a CEO to bear the brunt of responsibility with a crisis that festered before she was in charge? Can a company with a poor track record in corporate integrity ever do enough with new transparency measures to acquire a good reputation?

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy March 24 2014

Business leaders, Millennials Agree on Worth of Sheepskin

There appears to be at least one thing new college graduates and established business leaders agree on these days: A college education is worth less and less in the job marketplace. Frustrated CEOs say colleges should do more to prepare students saying that merely having a degree doesn’t necessarily prepare them for the workforce.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management March 31 2014

Chevron CEO Shows Rewards of Standing up to Green Bullies

CEOs often opt to settle suits brought by environmentalists and other third parties against companies all around the world. Chevron CEO John Watson just demonstrated the potential rewards of sticking things out and fighting for ultimate justice rather than kowtowing to the rabid complaints of extreme progressives wanting to stick it to “big oil.”

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy April 6 2014

CEOs Gain Some Confidence in Economy, but Remain Wary

More CEOs and business owners are expressing confidence in U.S. economic growth these days, including decisions to boost capital spending and to lay out more cash to back up their new attitude. But their tea leaves remain muddied because of regular reminders that the American economy is still a long way from the robustness it enjoyed prior to the financial crash of 2008 and its subsequent Great Recession.

Dale Buss Financing/Investing/Startups , Profitability/Growth May 1 2014

The Mulally Effect: How to Achieve a Smooth CEO Succession

The coming succession of Ford CEO Alan Mulally by current COO Mark Fields in July—which was announced on Thursday—has had its ups and downs. But its relatively smooth path has lots of company chiefs and would-be CEOs admiring how the whole thing has been handled, and wishing and hoping they can do the same.

Dale Buss Leadership May 2 2014

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