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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

6 Steps To Ensure Nadella’s Success at Microsoft

With the appointment of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella come expectations for him to make some quick changes. But is this wise? The six steps offered here could help guide any freshly minted CEO.

Aubrey Daniels CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations March 2 2014

Why It’s Better To Be The Best Rather Than The First

So many entrepreneurs want to have first-mover advantage. You feel compelled to get your breakthrough product into the marketplace ahead of the competition. You want the bragging rights of being the first and, of course, you know that because you’re ahead of the pack you will easily establish a dominant position. Right? Except, it’s not that easy. Here, a San Francisco entrepreneur shares lessons he learned the hard way.

Gurbaksh Chahal CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 2 2014

Does Your Wellness Program Hurt Your Profit…and Maybe Even Your Employees?

Suppose a vendor made you this proposal: “Pay us to take your employees off the job for medical tests that the government specifically says are unnecessary, and then send them to the doctor (at your expense) even though the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says healthy adults don’t benefit from checkups. We also want you to bribe or even fine employees to drive participation. Despite this adverse morale impact and wasted time and money, we promise you’ll reduce your healthcare spending, mostly because we’ll make up the savings numbers.” Here’s a solution.

Al Lewis and Vik Khanna CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations March 2 2014

A More Powerful Leadership Structure for Effecting Change

Over-reliance on hierarchical leadership creates organizations that are less adaptable to change. Yet, most leadership development programs steadfastly remain focused on developing individuals to function within traditional leadership roles. It’s time to reassess these deficiencies. Here’s how to go about it.

Ralph Jacobson CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 2 2014

Company Encourages IT “Onshoring” Trend

Genesis10 is growing fast on a “made-in-America” platform of helping clients get the best out of American technology workers.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Mid-Market Company March 2 2014

Fixing What Ails CEOs

The career of former Novartis CEO Dan Vasella began in medicine, expanding first to business and, more recently, to coaching and advising CEOs. CEOs’ greatest gift, he argues, should be teaching those on their way up.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Interviews February 28 2014

Barra Episode Illustrates Fallout of ‘Leaning In’ Movement

Sheryl Sandberg may have prompted a new conversation across business about “leaning in,” but surely the Facebook COO and champion of female CEOs everywhere didn’t actually mean to create a silly season for gender-policing pundits. There are lessons here for companies that sincerely try to elevate women executives.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy February 23 2014

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