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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.

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Technology, demographics and new customer expectations are transforming healthcare. But few are ready.

For its 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, PwC conducted 1,344 interviews with CEOs in 68 countries on issues facing business leaders across all industries early in 2014. Most healthcare CEOs concede they have a lot of work to do to catch-up with the coming changes.

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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?

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The CEO-Board Relationship: What Can the New CEO Learn?

The key challenge for any freshly-minted CEOs who finds himself in the position of top-to-bottom reorganization is to find a way to transition the relationship with the chairman and the board from subordinate to peer-to-peer.

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Starbucks Expands Digital Tipping Option

You can do practically anything with a mobile phone these days including tipping your favorite barista. Could such apps be another path for rewards programs and tapping customer needs?

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Ways CEOs Can Get More and Better Ideas

Research shows that 80 percent of an organization’s improvement potential lies in front-line ideas – a potential that most organizations fail to tap. How to stimulate ideas? Here’s how.

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5 Fresh Ideas for CEOs Getting More from Boards

Boardroom insider Ralph Ward says describing a board meeting “would be like telling me what a swell time you had at your last dentist appointment.” Here is his roundup of ideas you can try to make your next board meeting go faster, work better and achieve more.

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8 CEOs with Staying Power

The average tenure for a CEO in the U.S. holds is just over 8 years, which makes the enduring careers of corporate chiefs such as Reed Hastings, Rupert Murdoch and Larry Ellison all the more impressive. The chances of a company surviving 50 years are dauntingly slim. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that, of all private sector businesses started in 1994, only 24.6 percent were still in business sixteen years later in 2010.

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The Quotable Mary Barra

Stanford Graduate School of Business is understandably proud of its alumni. The school compiled the following compendium of comments by the new head of General Motors who received her MBA from Stanford GSB in 1990. Barra discusses cars, leadership and the best advice she ever received.

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