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Navigating the New Normal

Listening to John Veihmeyer brings to mind the old saying, “May you live in interesting times.” His message: today, companies across every sector face an inordinate number of global challenges, many of which will demand radical transformation. After 36 years at the global audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG, Veihmeyer would certainly have the perspective to know.

Lynn Russo Whylly CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Profile April 10 2014

Five Rules How CEOs Can Redefine Winning with Strategic Suppliers

The University of Tennessee set out to research some of the world’s most successful strategic partnerships—including those at P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft—to see how and why these relationships added value. The research identified five principles that CEOs everywhere can use to transform supplier relationships.

Kate Vitasek CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations , Supply Chain/Logistics April 6 2014

Why Culture is The Basis of Building & Investing: What Carlyle Group’s Example Holds for CEOs

Billionaire buy and hold investor Ron Baron says he invests in people, not companies. Before he opens his investment war chest, he dives deep into a company, actually meeting the leadership and seeing the tone they set from the top. No matter how “successful” a company looks on paper, it’s the meet and greet and getting to know the people involved in the organization and their culture that seals the deal for him. Peeling back his 25 billion investing portfolio, one of his investing jewels is The Carlyle Group.

Lori Ann LaRocco CEO Briefing Newsletter , Culture , Talent Management April 8 2014

3 Reasons Why IT Frustrates CEOs and What They Can Do About It

While most CEOs realize that computers have produced significant productivity, many remain frustrated with their company’s Information Technology activity due to: 1) Poor communication, 2) Persistent Unresolved Difficulties; and 3) Surprises.

Tom Pettibone CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations March 31 2014

Ways CEOs Can Get More and Better Ideas

Research shows that 80 percent of an organization’s improvement potential lies in front-line ideas – a potential that most organizations fail to tap. How to stimulate ideas? Here’s how.

Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 24 2014

6 Tips for Selling Your Comp Plan to Investors

With proxy season upon us, board compensation committees find themselves having to defend the exec pay choices they made over the past year, and prove that they’re really “paying for performance.” Too bad so many boards and companies do such a poor job of telling this comp story. What are some of the biggest boners CEOs commit when selling your exec pay plans — and how do you avoid them?

Ralph Ward CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO Compensation March 17 2014

5 Fresh Ideas for CEOs Getting More from Boards

Boardroom insider Ralph Ward says describing a board meeting “would be like telling me what a swell time you had at your last dentist appointment.” Here is his roundup of ideas you can try to make your next board meeting go faster, work better and achieve more.

Ralph Ward Boards of Directors , CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy March 24 2014

Beyond ‘Fix or Fire’: 5 Steps to Manage the Maverick Executive

How should a CEO deal with a high performing executive who is nonetheless something of a rogue within the organization? Here 5 steps to take control of such situations.

Steve Axelrod CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 10 2014

Why It’s Better To Be The Best Rather Than The First

So many entrepreneurs want to have first-mover advantage. You feel compelled to get your breakthrough product into the marketplace ahead of the competition. You want the bragging rights of being the first and, of course, you know that because you’re ahead of the pack you will easily establish a dominant position. Right? Except, it’s not that easy. Here, a San Francisco entrepreneur shares lessons he learned the hard way.

Gurbaksh Chahal CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 2 2014

Does Your Wellness Program Hurt Your Profit…and Maybe Even Your Employees?

Suppose a vendor made you this proposal: “Pay us to take your employees off the job for medical tests that the government specifically says are unnecessary, and then send them to the doctor (at your expense) even though the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says healthy adults don’t benefit from checkups. We also want you to bribe or even fine employees to drive participation. Despite this adverse morale impact and wasted time and money, we promise you’ll reduce your healthcare spending, mostly because we’ll make up the savings numbers.” Here’s a solution.

Al Lewis and Vik Khanna CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations March 2 2014

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