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A Not-So-Simple Challenge for Your CFO

“What is the cost of a proposed strategic initiative?” Think you already know the answer? Not so fast. Sometimes the indirect costs are larger than at first thought. Here’s one way to help sort it out.

N. Dean Meyer CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership , Talent Management February 16 2014

5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a New Private Equity CEO

Are you ready to become a private equity CEO? Spencer Stuart’s Eric Leventhal undertook an informal canvas multinational companies, coupled with interviews of seven PE partners who are also all mid-market investors across multiple sectors. While each firm’s strategies differ there is a common environment—and pitfalls first time PE CEOs should be aware of.

Eric Leventhal CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 16 2014

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.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 9 2014

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.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Coming to Grips with the Purpose of “Purpose”

In his observations of great and the good at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Financial Times senior editor observed one trend that didn’t receive much notice elsewhere: how to use the term “purpose.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Economy Got Them Down – 8 Essential Ways to Reinstate Confidence within Your Workforce

For a multitude of reasons, from the Great Recession to the bank bailout, trust has dipped to an all-time low within Corporate America. This is quite a problem. After all, productivity drops, service delivery degrades and the bottom-line deteriorates in firms where trust is the lowest.

James M. Kerr CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy February 2 2014

When Is it Time to Go?

Company leaders who overstay their welcome ultimately hurt their organization’s performance new research suggests. In addition, management expert Ram Charan argues in his latest book, “Boards that Lead,”that CEO tenure is dropping in part because of boards are no longer reluctant to pull the trigger, but also due to the fact that more and more CEOs are unable to navigate a necessary change of course.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy January 26 2014

How Companies Can Leverage a Direct Contracting Model of Healthcare to Lower Their Costs and Improve Outcomes

What happens to the unused money paid into employee health premiums over the course of a year? Insurers neither reimburse nor incentivize employers to control the cost of their health care. Yet, year after year, money is paid into employee health plans never to be seen again.

Dr. Robert Haar CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 26 2014

4 Workplace Flexibility Trends for…2015

In this predictable interval of 2014 prognostications, let’s think a little further ahead.

Shani Magosky CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations 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

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