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Medifast’s Michael MacDonald: All in the Family

How a 33-year Xerox veteran made good at his ailing brother’s diet food company.

Jennifer Pellet CEO Briefing Newsletter May 24 2013

Small-Business Owner Roller Coaster Continues

After March’s disappointing drop in small-business confidence, April’s Small Business Optimism index of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. Yet pessimism abounds within the sector, as still far more of those surveyed expect business conditions to be worse in six months than those who think they will be better. Most cite taxes. regulations and weak sales as their chief challenges going forward.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Small Business May 22 2013

Companies Turn to New CEOs

In an exhaustive 2012 study of Chief Executives, “Time for New CEOs,” Booz & Co. management consultants, reports the highest number of planned CEO successions at the world’s largest 2,500 public companies in the history of the study and finds that companies often seek familiarity in new CEOs. It also asserts that the “global CEO” is more myth than reality.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 22 2013

IT Is too Important to Leave to the Technologists

It’s no secret that information technology is core to modern business. To make the most of IT investments and innovations, chief executives must understand how technologies enable their company’s competitive advantage. Yet how many of today’s CIOs are considered the leading candidates to succeed their CEOs? Precious few—a weakness that CEOs and their boards should consider changing.

Alan Kisling CEO Briefing Newsletter May 22 2013

How to Grow your Company

These five rules will help bulletproof your growth strategy.

Laurence Capron and Will Mitchell CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy May 21 2013

The New Calculus of Prosperity

In the course of U.S. economic cycles, geography played a key role in the rise and fall of regional economies. This is no longer true.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter May 19 2013

Pardon My French

An American takes on France—and the world.

Joe Queenan CEO Briefing Newsletter May 17 2013

More Firms Say Competitors Seek to Hire Away Their Talent

There has been a sharp increase in companies reporting that competitors are trying to recruit their top people, according to a global survey released by Right Management, the talent and career management unit within ManpowerGroup. Nearly two out of three employers now complain that other companies seek to hire away their organization’s leaders compared with just 42% last year.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 15 2013

President Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

The Obama Administration is launching competitions to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies—Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. To build off the initial success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, the President announced in the State of the Union that his Administration would move forward and launch three new manufacturing innovation institutes this year. The President will continue to call on Congress to act on his proposal for a one-time $1 billion investment to create a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes across the country.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 15 2013

Is College Worth the Candle

Is a college degree worth it? Isabel Sawhill, co-director for the Center on Children and Families and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, says it is not for everyone. According to the center’s newly-released study, the value of a college degree can vary dramatically, depending on factors such as field of study, type of college, graduation rate and future occupation. Given the growing skills gap experienced by many companies at the entry level it may be time for business leaders to weigh-in.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 15 2013

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