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GM CEO Frustrated by Bureaucracy and Why He Is Not Alone

If there was any remaining doubt about the importance of culture to a company’s prospects one needs to look no further than a recent town hall meeting at GM where the CEO Dan Akerson told workers that while the company has made progress in shrinking the bureaucracy, the old sclerotic culture still exists and needs to be replaced with something more attuned to the 21st century.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 16 2012

Why Traditional Job Descriptions Don’t Attract Top Talent

The single biggest hiring mistake and one rarely considered is that employers don’t define success for qualified candidates.

Brad Remillard CEO Briefing Newsletter , Recruiting , Talent Management August 16 2012

Reform Is Not Enough: The Federal Government Needs a Complete Makeover

Behavior that would seem grotesque to most Americans doesn’t raise an eyebrow inside the Beltway. Only radical change can fix the problem. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue argues the chairman of Common Good, a non-partisan advocacy group, but one that should drive citizens and business leaders– who understand accountability better than most–to action.

Philip K. Howard CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance August 9 2012

18 CEOs Write To Secretary Geithner Asking Not to Raise Taxes on Dividends

Worried about the impact of higher tax rates on dividends and punitive rates in general on capital investment, a dozen and a half CEOs write an open plea to the U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner not to cripple the economy and the prospect of future job growth.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , TAX POLICY August 9 2012

Seven Ways to Motivate Top Talent in De-Motivating Times

To retain your top talent it is absolutely critical to ensure they are motivated. In difficult times this is often not high on the priority list of managers or CEOs. Most people are working long hours and doing the job of two people. Salaries are frozen, pay cuts have been implemented and forget about any bonus. For many companies this is their current culture.

Brad Remillard CEO Briefing Newsletter , Talent Management August 9 2012

Expect Lawsuit Boon as a Result of Obamacare

There is one sector of the economy that will unquestionably benefit from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): Lawyers. According to Crain’s, attorneys are girding for the health care law’s potential to gush a flood of legal suits against employers. ACA is the gift to the plaintiffs bar that keeps on giving.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Health/Benefits , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management August 1 2012

How Will You Be Impacted By Taxmageddon?

In less than six months, Americans will face the largest series of tax hikes in history. Business owners and the middle class will be especially hard it. Few in Congress show any sign of any agreement to prevent this until after the election. And even a compromise may be in doubt.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance August 1 2012

Three Tips to Becoming More Strategic

You don’t need a formal strategy role to help shape your organization’s strategic direction. Start by moving beyond frameworks and communicating in a more engaging way, say McKinsey experts.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy August 1 2012

CEO Confidence Drops for the Second Consecutive Month; Many CEOs Believe a Change in the White House is the Only Cure to Business Woes

The CEO Confidence Index fell 3.7% in July to 5.36 out of a possible 10. The Index has fallen a whopping 11.1% from its 2012 high of 6.03 in February. The overwhelming message from CEOs: uncertainty is crippling our businesses, and we need a change in the White House to fix it.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Confidence Index July 26 2012

Myths and Misrepresentations About Income Inequality

One of the main pillars supporting the income inequality debate has been found to be seriously flawed throwing doubt onto the claim that the rich are getting richer. In addition, there is much confusion in the public discourse when politicians talk about the wealthiest Americans. Income is not wealth — and the whole tax controversy is about income taxes.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Compensation , Operations , Talent Management July 26 2012

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