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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

A More Powerful Leadership Structure for Effecting Change

Over-reliance on hierarchical leadership creates organizations that are less adaptable to change. Yet, most leadership development programs steadfastly remain focused on developing individuals to function within traditional leadership roles. It’s time to reassess these deficiencies. Here’s how to go about it.

Ralph Jacobson CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 2 2014

Barra Episode Illustrates Fallout of ‘Leaning In’ Movement

Sheryl Sandberg may have prompted a new conversation across business about “leaning in,” but surely the Facebook COO and champion of female CEOs everywhere didn’t actually mean to create a silly season for gender-policing pundits. There are lessons here for companies that sincerely try to elevate women executives.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy February 23 2014

10 Best Companies for Executive Women and What CEOs Can Do to Develop Women Leaders

The percentage of board seats occupied by women among those ranked increased for the second consecutive year. AstraZeneca. EY, and General Mills top the list. General Motors recently named its first female CEO – although there was controversy over her “gendered” salary. The experience of Deloitte LLP offers guidance to CEOs on how to retain talented women leaders by incorporating flexibility into one’s culture.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management February 16 2014

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

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