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Many Unhappy Returns: 100 Years of the Income Tax

Last Sunday, Feb. 3 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment, which enabled the establishment of the U.S. federal income tax. The century-long history of the income tax has been marked by more and more taxpayers paying higher and higher amounts of tax. As Americans get ready for yet another tax filing season, take a look at how the income tax has morphed from a tax only a handful of people actually paid in 1913 to behavior-changing deal it is today.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 6 2013

What the US Marines Can Teach Your B2B Firm about Marketing & Sales

Most companies, but service firms in particular can benefit by creating a culture patterned after the Marine Corps; training all employees with basic marketing and sales skills that can help the firm grow and succeed.

Gordon G. Andrew CEO Briefing Newsletter March 6 2013

Future Outlook Brighter than the Present

With the much-dreaded fiscal cliff crisis resolved by temporary measures, one might think that CEOs would be more optimistic about present conditions than those they anticipate in a year’s time. However, the latest CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive’s monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next 12 months, rose 4.0 percent to a value of 5.29 out of a possible 10, while the Current Confidence Index, which measures CEO opinion on current business conditions, dropped 2.7 percent to a value of 4.93.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 5 2013

CEOs with Angel Wings

What’s behind the allure of investing in startups? (Hint: It’s not always about the money.)

John Kador CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance March 4 2013

How To Make the Most of Your Chief HR Officer

The CHRO’s role has become not only strategic but also intensely personal, as CEOs increasingly turn to these executives for advice on everything from corporate culture to conflict in the C-suite and career coaching. The growth of social media has also enhanced the human resources director’s responsibility as an intermediary with the work force. Some CEOs, in fact, see no reason to limit their HR guru to HR.

Fran Hawthorne CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 1 2013

10 Cases of How Competition in Health Care Lower Costs and Raise Quality Outcomes

This lack of competition for patients has a profound effect on the quality and cost of health care. Providers typically do not disclose prices prior to treatment because they do not compete for patients based on price. Payments are usually not made by patients themselves but by third parties — employers, insurance companies or government. But according to Devon M. Herrick, Ph.D., a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, in health care markets where providers do compete for patients, not only do prices come down, but outcomes improve.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Health/Benefits February 27 2013

Patent Creation and U.S. Inventiveness

In the midst of a weak recovery from a particularly severe recession, many people are wondering whether the United States is in a state of decline, lacking the dynamism it once had. In terms of inventiveness such as patent creation the U.S. still ranks high. In other measures not so much.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter February 27 2013

When CEOs Speak Bluntly

Lately news reports of CEOs speaking plainly or using “salty” language have become more common. Is this really all that new, or are some ears more sensitive than others?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter February 27 2013

Monetizing the CEO Brand

Recent research suggests that leadership quality factors heavily in the valuation of companies.

Susan Dunn and Bruce Avolio CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 27 2013

Closing the Skills Gap

Beyond the mounting anecdotal evidence, how serious is the skilled-labor gap?

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , Editor's Note February 25 2013

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