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Business Leaders Skeptical but Hopeful in Response to Obama’s SOTU

In the wake of President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address there was a wide range of reactions from business leaders who heard different things. “It’s not going to have a big impact on the markets,” said Len Blum, CEO of Westwood Capital to CNBC. “Historically SOTU addresses move the stock market no more than 15 basis points, and there was nothing in the speech that was market moving.” Other business leaders had mixed responses.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter February 20 2013

CEOs Finally Reckon with Social Media

If Twitter is worthy of top-priority attention by a man who might become the next president of the United States, maybe it’s time for CEOs of just about any company also to consider taking the plunge.

Dales Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter February 13 2013

Most CEO Changes in 12 Months

The first month of the new year saw the highest turnover among chief executive officers since the previous January as 113 CEOs left their posts during the month. The January total is up 9.7 percent over December when 103 CEOs departures were announced, according to the latest report on CEO turnover released from global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter February 13 2013

Efficient Talent-Sourcing for Global Growth

For the mid-market company that is expanding internationally — whether for the first time or into uncharted territory – identifying the right talent can be a challenge. In a 2012 Ernst & Young study of C-level and other executives in rapid-growth markets, 30 percent of respondents reported the need for a strategic hiring process in international markets. Intensifying the problem, according to the same study, is a self-reported knowledge gap in local culture and ways of doing business by more than half of the participants.

Ann Fastiggi CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business February 13 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 13 2013

Obamacare Sticker Shock

A new survey of major health care insurers, representing the vast majority of covered individuals in the U.S., conducted by the American Action Forum (AAF) answers the question: what impact will the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have on premiums in 2014? This survey aimed to illustrate real cases in a variety of regulatory environments, representing the spectrum of rate changes cross any given geographic area, rather merely average changes across demographics.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance February 7 2013

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 , Corporate Finance February 7 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 , Leadership & Strategy February 7 2013

A Better Way to Build

Ann Hand, CEO of Project Frog, wants to “democratize” high-functioning buildings—delivering high-end design at value prices through pre-fab construction.

Jennifer Pellet CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Interviews February 1 2013

21 Quotes From Davos You Should Read

If you missed the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, CEO.com has assembled a list of remarks both offhand and thoughtful (some modified for Twitter) by prominent world leaders, CEOs, politicians and policy makers.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter January 31 2013

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