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Running Mates and Business Mates: Critical Selections Make or Break a Leadership Team

What can CEOs learn from Romney’s Vice Presidential choice of Paul Ryan when it comes to choosing a strong leadership team? Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or other, Romney’s selection of Ryan reinforces the importance of choosing a running mate that’s right for the role, rather than one with simply a résumé or image that sells.

Amy K. Hutchens CEO Briefing Newsletter , Election Center November 2 2012

Is Your Company Fit for Growth?

In arguing for a more strategic approach to managing costs in preparing for future expansion, Booz experts Deniz Caglar, Jaya Pandrangi and John Plansky offer a three question diagnostic to help guide leaders.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy November 2 2012

U.S. CEOs Overwhelmingly Support Romney; Fear Obama Second Term

It may be no surprise that business leaders prefer Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate, but by how significant a margin? Fairly significant it seems. Over 83 percent of CEOs surveyed by Chief Executive magazine intend to vote for Mitt Romney for President on November 6. In fact, CEOs are openly afraid of the prospect of another four years of President Obama.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , Election Center October 25 2012

Why CEOs Are More Vulnerable

From board clashes to activist investors more leaders find themselves besieged and many find it necessary to yield to insurgent demands—or be deposed. Some like H.J. Heinz’s Bill Johnson find a middle path.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance October 25 2012

When Green Investments Turn Red

The Department of Energy (DOE) has provided almost $35 billion in loans, loan guarantees and conditional commitments to renewable-energy companies. About 35 percent of that is for solar-generating projects, which benefit from falling panel prices, compared with less than 4 percent for solar manufacturers. What has happened to these "investments"?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter October 25 2012

Director Compensation rose significantly in 2011, fueled by higher retainers and equity awards

Cash compensation for S&P 500 corporate board directors increased by only 1 percent while total comp increased by 8 percent. Companies are moving away from compensation based upon meeting attendance. Despite long-standing criticism companies continue to offer benefits to directors.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation October 18 2012

Planning Now Can Help Grow Wealth for Later

With tax laws in flux and interest rates at all-time lows, now is the time for CEOs to consider taking advantage of opportunities that could reduce tax bills in 2012 and beyond. But the clock is ticking on a number of these key strategies, so it’s critical for executives to take a close look at their planning before the end of this year.

Robert Barbetti CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy October 18 2012

5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 970,000 restaurants in America. Further research indicates that the three-year failure rate for restaurants hovers around 60 percent. So just what is it that makes some restaurants fold, while others turn into gold? For two successful Washington D.C.-based restaurants, the answer to their success starts with family.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy October 18 2012

Five Reasons to Have Second Thoughts about Simpson-Bowles

The Simpson-Bowles budget plan is often represented by media pundits and Washington insiders as a model for a bipartisan “grand bargain” to fix the deficit. It’s not surprising that Beltway wise men would want to steer the country in the tax-and-spend direction of Simpson-Bowles, but others are not so sure mainly because it leaves the spending spigot on. Here are five reasons why one might have second thoughts:

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance October 11 2012

Devising a HR Strategy for Global Expansion

Some entrepreneurs believe employee empowerment is not just a buzzword but also a business strategy. Founder and CEO of ecommerce giant Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, is a big believer that business must consciously develop a global worldview and culture before attempting international expansion. Rakuten, which also owns Canadian e-book creator Kobo and Buy.com, is giving Amazon.com its first serious competition in years. In his recent book, “Marketplace 3.0, Rewriting the Rules of Borderless Business” he sets forth a path for doing this.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Global Business October 11 2012

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