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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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