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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.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 17 2014

5 Rules for CEOs to Simplify Their Job

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux, senior partner in charge of BCG’s Paris office. He says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. Speaking at the TED conference last year, Morieux outlined ways CEOs can cut the complexity down to size.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 17 2014

6 Tips for Selling Your Comp Plan to Investors

With proxy season upon us, board compensation committees find themselves having to defend the exec pay choices they made over the past year, and prove that they’re really “paying for performance.” Too bad so many boards and companies do such a poor job of telling this comp story. What are some of the biggest boners CEOs commit when selling your exec pay plans — and how do you avoid them?

Ralph Ward CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation March 17 2014

GE CEO Jeff Immelt on the Future of GE-and of American Manufacturing

Not long ago, materials were cheap and labor was expensive. Today, the reverse is true, which is why it makes sense to re-shore production in many sectors. But more importantly, the product is increasingly part of the process, driving more companies to embed their know-how and innovativeness with the product itself, says GE CEO Jeff Immelt. That and the prospect of cheaper energy due to the fracking revolution will boost manufacturing in America.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO2CEO Summit , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Operations March 10 2014

What Is “CEO Material?”

According to a recent Dallas Morning News story, a vast majority of Americans believe engineers are among the least likely professionals to succeed at the top of the corporate ladder. This, despite the fact that a third of all S&P 500 company CEOs had majored in engineering as undergraduates, according to a Spencer Stuart study. There is a reason why engineers make good CEOs…but don’t tell the folks in finance or sales.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 10 2014

Beyond ‘Fix or Fire’: 5 Steps to Manage the Maverick Executive

How should a CEO deal with a high performing executive who is nonetheless something of a rogue within the organization? Here 5 steps to take control of such situations.

Steve Axelrod CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 10 2014

4 Rules on How to Elevate Performance

Sixty years ago, Japan lay in a burned out heap of debris. America sent statistician and management consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming to help – and indeed he did. What can American leaders, particularly those in manufacturing, learn from this historical improvement in culture to improve themselves?

Colin Baird CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management March 10 2014

Expect More Mid-Market Divestitures in 2014

Business owners are more interested in selling part of their companies rather than the entire enterprise. They’re also more inclined to divest significant assets to make investments rather than take on debt, and that 2014 and 2015 will be a buyers’ market. CEOs keen on opportunistic acquisitions may benefit.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Marketing & Sales , Mid-Market Company March 10 2014

Regional Report: Northeast

A state-by-state look at what the Southwest has to offer businesses.

Warren Strugatch CEO Briefing Newsletter , Economic Development March 5 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

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