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Strategies for Coping with Obamacare

Some small-businesses are thinking of splitting their firms or taking other steps to avoid the associated costs and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act. Most owners have other less-radical options for maneuvering around the law’s provisions such as transforming their workforce to part-timers, reducing their workers’ hours or even lay off staff in order to remain below the thresholds established under the act. Under the law, firms with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees will have to provide “minimum essential” and “affordable” coverage, or pay a penalty for each employee in excess of 30 full-time employees.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations August 23 2013

Want to Raise Your Effectiveness? Try Being a ‘Storydoing’ CEO

Picture the archetypal CEO. If you’re typical, you imagine a man or a woman in his or her 50s. Firm handshake. No nonsense. Good teeth. Majored in finance in college and went on to get an MBA from an Ivy League business school. Left-brain thinkers, he or she knows his or her way around a spreadsheet and a boardroom. It is time to update the picture in your head, because the future belongs to the storydoers.

Ty Montague CEO Briefing Newsletter , Personal Effectiveness August 16 2013

Six Reasons Why Your Company’s Medical Screening Program Could Be Counterproductive

We know most CEOs are struggling with healthcare costs. A recent Bank of America survey found that most CFOs continue to list healthcare costs as their major concern. This is despite the seemingly ubiquitous wellness programs that are supposed to reduce these costs by 26%, but in reality have delivered trivial savings at best, according to the recent RAND report. There are remedies at hand.

Tom Emerick and Al Lewis CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 16 2013

Expect Jeff Bezos to Reinvent the News Business

According to commentator Brad Stone, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos isn’t trying to kill the media business, but he may be trying to re-invent it and by doing so may be trying to race ahead of firms like Apple and Google.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business , Leadership & Strategy August 16 2013

Failing—to Win

How leaders turn fumbles into fodder for success.

Russ Banham CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 16 2013

JCPenney Board Plays Russian Roulette Succession

Recently a fight broke out among the board of JCPenney about the retail giant’s future and who should lead it. Hedge fund activist Bill Ackman wants the board to find a long-term replacement for Mike Ullman, who was brought back from retirement after the board fired former Apple marketing executive Ron Johnson last Spring. The retail giant, still tumbling from earlier management shake-ups, now faces a gun-to-our head succession process. The outcome will not be pretty.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 9 2013

Cloud Technologies Offer Promise to Mid-Market Companies But Security Concerns Persist

Nearly four in every 10 mid-market (companies in the range of $50 million to $1 billion in revenues) executives say issues concerning data privacy and security risks are holding them back from moving to the cloud and making other key tech investments, according to a Deloitte report. In addition, security concerns are hampering IT adoption.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Technology August 9 2013

How to Use Financial Processes to Be Strategic and Transformational

Financial processes aren’t just about the numbers. The way you plan and decide budgets, and then track financial performance, has far-reaching impacts on strategy decisions, strategy execution, teamwork, culture, and innovation, as well as cost control. First step is to think of your business as a set of businesses within a business. Here’s how to go about it.

N. Dean Meyer CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance August 9 2013

Nine inventory management mistakes—and one easy solution

Managing excess inventory is a challenge in even the most efficient organizations. Overage issues can drain profitability and take your focus away from core business priorities. When faced with excess inventory, many companies try the following common—though misguided—strategies. But there’s one solution you may not have tried.

Gary C. Smith CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations August 9 2013

CEOs Can’t Cut the Cost-Cutting Habit

The absence of revenue growth is driving a disconcerting trend lurking beneath the recent round of solid profit forecasts announced by companies ranging from United Technologies Corp to Wendy’s Co., says Moneycontrol.com: “More than three years into the recovery, CEOs are still relying on cost cuts to prop up earnings.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 2 2013

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