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Lean Production’s Next Frontiers and How CEOs Can Benefit

Lean is one of the biggest management ideas of the past 50 years, says McKinsey’s Ewan Duncan and Ron Ritter in the current issue of the McKinsey Quarterly. It may have started in assembly plants and other factory settings but it has moved into services ranging from retailing and healthcare to financial services, IT, and even the public sector. How might CEOs outside of manufacturing apply some of these insights to their companies?

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10 Best Companies for Executive Women and What CEOs Can Do to Develop Women Leaders

The percentage of board seats occupied by women among those ranked increased for the second consecutive year. AstraZeneca. EY, and General Mills top the list. General Motors recently named its first female CEO – although there was controversy over her “gendered” salary. The experience of Deloitte LLP offers guidance to CEOs on how to retain talented women leaders by incorporating flexibility into one’s culture.

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5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a New Private Equity CEO

Are you ready to become a private equity CEO? Spencer Stuart’s Eric Leventhal undertook an informal canvas multinational companies, coupled with interviews of seven PE partners who are also all mid-market investors across multiple sectors. While each firm’s strategies differ there is a common environment—and pitfalls first time PE CEOs should be aware of.

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