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New Walmart CEO Faces Desk Full of Challenges

Doug McMillon, the new CEO of Walmart, barely had time to find the water cooler this week before confronting a huge pile of challenges that awaited on the desk he inherited from retired chief Michael Duke. The transition illustrates a challenge common to most companies: markets and external forces never stand still and the volatile and chaotic times will demand more from boards and company leaders.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 9 2014

Hospitals Want CEOs without Healthcare Experience

Another knock-on effect of the ACA is that healthcare and hospital systems are struggling to cope with new managerial changes demanded of them. Increasingly, hospital boards want an outside perspective, along with different skill sets—and they are willing to go outside the industry to get it.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Healthcare February 9 2014

Manufacturers to D.C.: Make Us a Can-Do Nation Again

Prior to the President’s State of the Union address, National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) chairman Doug Oberhelman (CEO of Caterpillar) and NAM president Jay Timmons posted this article on Real Clear Politics offering a challenge to our political leaders in taking steps to revive manufacturing. They cite the Skills Certification System as a critical pillar in our manufacturing economy.

Doug Oberhelman & Jay Timmons CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations February 9 2014

Super Bowl Ad Highlighted Company’s Made-In-U.S.A. Commitment

David MacNeil is committed to U.S. production of WeatherTech’s high-end automotive floor liners, and customers have rewarded him with more than two decades of double-digit growth.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Mid-Market Company February 9 2014

Is Apple’s Magic Wearing Thinner?

Apple’s recent quarterly profits may have disappointed investors, but does this suggest that the magic is beginning to fade? The Apple strategy is proving to be both unconventional and extremely difficult to implement over a long period.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Do Performance Reviews Underperform?

Performance reviews are meant to develop people to reach their highest potential, often tied to pay raises and upward mobility. In spite of their common use, they are usually equally despised by employees and managers. Perhaps performance reviews need a performance review.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Talent Management February 2 2014

Coming to Grips with the Purpose of “Purpose”

In his observations of great and the good at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Financial Times senior editor observed one trend that didn’t receive much notice elsewhere: how to use the term “purpose.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Economy Got Them Down – 8 Essential Ways to Reinstate Confidence within Your Workforce

For a multitude of reasons, from the Great Recession to the bank bailout, trust has dipped to an all-time low within Corporate America. This is quite a problem. After all, productivity drops, service delivery degrades and the bottom-line deteriorates in firms where trust is the lowest.

James M. Kerr CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 2 2014

SOTU Raises Profile of Bootstrapping Female Entrepreneur

Founder and CEO Andra Rush has assembled and grown an auto-parts-manufacturing and shipping firm whose success captured the attention of the President of the United States.

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

Will Companies Drop Healthcare Coverage Because of ACA?

Will 2014 mark the beginning of the end for employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it? Target recently announced that it will no longer provide health insurance for its part-time employees. Trader Joe’s and Home Depot also made similar moves. Why? Some experts say it’s because of Obamacare. Others are not so sure.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Health/Benefits , Operations , Talent Management January 26 2014

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