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Buzzwords: “We Need to Retire”

Do your eyes glaze over whenever you hear certain words and phrases that have long passed their sell-by date? queried CEOs and its general readers for buzzwords they would like to ban. We invite Briefing readers to volunteer their own.

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2013 Inc. 500 Recognizes Chief Executive Group as One of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

937% Three-Year Sales Growth Earns Company Position #9 Among All Media Companies. Chief Executive Group was recognized today as one of America’s fastest growing companies. Inc. Magazine listed the company as a member of the 2013 Inc. 500 with three-year sales growth of 937%. The 2013 Inc. 500 is the most competitive crop in the list’s 32-year history, according to the magazine.

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No Adam Smith


In “Bull’s-eye!” our lead story this issue, many leaders say that they have come to feel that the administration has painted a target on their backs. Even among those in the business community who were initial supporters of Barack Obama, some now worry that his policies won’t grow the economy, but instead expand the scope and power of the state. ...

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How full is the Glass?


Business leaders are by nature folks who see the glass as half full. Optimism is in their DNA. They set out to accomplish things and one can’t do that if doubts trump action. Hamlet would not have made a good CEO. So when we asked a cross-section of CEOs to give us their outlook for the coming year (See Agenda2010) ...

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Having an Out-of-Money Experience

The fact that, at this writing late in the third quarter, stocks have risen sharply—by some estimates up 50 percent from their March 2009 lows—does not obscure the fact that we’ve witnessed an extraordinary level of wealth destruction. Reuters’ Joe Rauch reports that the recession—now in its 22nd month—triggered the first worldwide contraction in assets under management in nearly a ...

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Looking for the ‘New Normal’


Of the $787 billion marked for stimulus spending, the $1 billion “Cash for Clunkers” program is the only success the administration can point to for lifting consumer spending. The program, which is dramatically more efficient than other schemes, nearly ran out of funds, but it had the salutary effect of coming at the right time—just as auto dealers’ inventories were ...

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Why Succession is a Continuity Issue


Why is CEO continuity so difficult? According to Challenger, Gray’s league table of CEO departures of the past 12 months the recession has not been kind to CEOs, even though the pace has slowed down since last year. In addition to performance pressure, most leaders must confront impatient investors and boards that are less reluctant to pull the trigger. In ...

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So Sorry for this Apology


Everyone is in full apology mode. GM and Chrysler executives seem to be stuck in constant apology gear starting with their appearance before Congress with a tin cup in one hand and the keys to the executive jet in the other. Now that Rick Wagoner has been given the boot, it falls to him to apologize to countless shareholders for ...

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Leadership Imperatives


As you read this, Barack Obama will have been inaugurated as the U.S.’s 44th chief executive. Fittingly, as the U.S. turns a corner with new leadership at the helm of the federal government, we explore in this issue two facets of leadership governing private enterprise: the prospects for growth and opportunity in international markets and what companies are doing at ...

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