As chief executives in the US scour the world for growth, they find the largest opportunities in some of the youngest markets. The fastest growing continent in the world is Africa, a two trillion dollar market where a third of the countries are growing at an annual rate of six percent or more. Here’s how to get one’s investment in fast-growing markets right.
Coaching may not be for everybody. And much depends on getting the right one. Many swear that having one has made all the difference in knocking off rough edges and being able to connect better with colleagues and employees.
Tech leader Tom Lounibus thinks it’s no accident that more and more tech companies are going private. But why would this trend also affect non-tech companies?
California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $8/hour to $10/hour by 2016, saying it is a long overdue measure to raise the income of working families. Yet earlier in September Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, also a Democrat, vetoed a City Council bill that would require large retailers [read Wal-Mart] in the city to pay higher wages, a measure that had drawn national attention. Gray called the bill a "job-killer," saying it would result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Washington. So who’s right?
Strategic thinking emphasizes the need to balance today’s performance with future opportunity in order to manage risk and navigate through the uncertainty of the business landscape. The ability to think strategically sparks new ideas and future business propositions that are the lifeblood of long-term success, but many CEOs and senior executives continuously struggle to look past the present and put the future in focus. In fact, Chief Executive magazine has previously reported that a staggering seven out of 10 leaders don’t consider themselves to be strategic. So, where have all the strategic leaders gone?
Coaching is drawing greater interest by boards and c-suite executives, particularly where performance goals aren’t being met. Yet there is still a contradiction between what is expected of c-suite executives from their boards, customers, clients, their employees, even themselves and their willingness to commit to a the coaching process which can equip them with the tools to achieve expectations. Recent research by Stanford University and The Miles Group cite the massive gap between CEOs being receptive to coaching (95%) and the percentage who actually receive coaching (less than 33%). More often than not, this is due to the “stigma” that is still attached to coaching by both boards and CEOs, that it is “remedial” in nature rather than “performance enhancing”.
CEOs take note: Not every company fits the Trader Joe’s model, but some observers suggest that it offers many easy-to-implement ideas: break goals down into smaller, sub goals; celebrate the accomplishment of small goals loudly and joyously; actively solicit and put into effect employee ideas for improvement.
The SEC has just proposed a rule that will require all public companies to report the ratio between the total pay of the CEO and the median pay of all other employees (excluding the CEO). Some of the unintended consequences --particularly for employment-- will be severe.
Can aggregating and analyzing information transform businesses?
Grumbling about corporate boards -- about long-tenured directors too cozy with management, for example -- may be inevitable among investors, but new research by a young accounting scholar suggests surprisingly that at least one aspect of corporate organization suits Wall Street fine. Company performance actually rises with board tenure—but only up to a point--indicating there’s a tradeoff between knowledge and entrenchment.