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Leveraging Wholesome Mac-and-Cheese Into Prosperity

Success in “better-for-you” foods for kids has led the company to a crossroads: how to build on it without sacrificing its ethical vision or its organic formula.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Mid-Market Company January 26 2014

Does the CEO Have to be Attractive to Succeed?

Is beauty in the eye of the shareholder? In a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, hiring good-looking executives is good for the bottom line. The study, Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Values, deployed a ‘Facial Attractiveness Index’ to value the appearance of 677 chief executives from the S&P 500. “Attractive” bosses received better compensation – but more than that: share prices can rise if the CEO is “attractive.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 20 2014

CEOs on Journal’s Most-Stressed List Aren’t All the Same

Dissatisfied activist investors helped put several heavyweight CEO pelts on the wall last year, including Procter & Gamble’s Bob McDonald, JCPenney’s Ron Johnson and Groupon’s Andrew Mason. So, despite record-high overall stock-market values lately, these hedge-fund maestros and other influential investors are sure to join with restive board members to put pressure on other CEOs in 2014.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 20 2014

Google’s Nest Labs Acquisition Signals Strategy Shift

Already a dominating presence on the Internet, Google is making its way further into people’s lives when it agreed to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. It represents a big push into the “Internet of Things.” Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft take note.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 20 2014

How Far Should States Go in Offering Incentives to Business?

In the tussle with state governments over tax breaks and incentives, sometimes companies blink first.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations January 20 2014

Unintended Consequences – The Common Denominator in Health Care and Financial Reform

At the end of last year, the Volker Rule was written into law by the five U.S. regulators who will oversee its implementation. Regulators, policymakers and political leaders have declared both Obamacare and Dodd-Frank finally finished…except they forgot to say that now comes the hard part….implementation. The push to make the country’s banks safer creates new uncertainties for business. A regulation that aims to reduce risks in the financial system is likely to have the opposite effect.

Allan D. Grody CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 20 2014

Herschend Family Entertainment: From Dolly Parton to the Harlem Globetrotters

After growing steadily by running mid-market theme parks such as Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment is making a growth play with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Mid-Market Company January 20 2014

2014 Best Companies For Leaders

Each year since 2005, Chief Executive has sought to identify those companies that excel in leadership development. In partnership with Chally Group Worldwide, a Dayton, Ohio-based sales and leadership talent-management firm, and with the Human Capital Institute, we canvas world-class companies through a questionnaire and interviews in order to learn what companies are doing to identify and nurture people three or more levels down the chain from the CEO.

Dr. Jenna Filipkowski & J.P. Donlon Best Companies for Leaders , CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 14 2014

It’s Too Early for CEOs To Presume 2014 Boom

Heading into 2014, many economists and pundits are full of optimism that the U.S. economy finally will kick into a solid-growth mode that it hasn’t enjoyed since before the 2008 financial collapse and that global growth will re-ignite as well. But there remain plenty of reasons for caution, and American CEOs are among those positing them.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 12 2014

Narcissism as a Predictor of Company Performance

The dean of Australia’s Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has conducted a study into the level of narcissism as a leadership trait among CEOs at the U.S.’s top 100 companies. The least narcissistic CEOs are revealed in a new study.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 12 2014

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