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The 10 Biggest CEO Losers of 2013

Which CEOs made the most egregious errors in 2013? Forbes’s Sandy Adams compiled a diverse roster of bosses’ mistakes that cover a range of behavior, from obliterating their companies’ stock value to making appallingly offensive statements that brought ridicule on them and in one case a boycott of the company’s products.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 5 2014

Knock and Talks: What to Do If the Feds Show Up on Your Doorstep

“Knock and talk” is a law enforcement investigative tool used by government officials with great success on unsuspecting executives to obtain statements from witnesses before they can consult with counsel. Don’t be taken unawares. Here’s how to deal with it should you find yourself the target.

Haywood Gilliam CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy January 5 2014

How to Get the Most Out of Your COO

When David R. Lumley, one of two co-chief operating officers at Spectrum Brands, was promoted to CEO in 2010, the maker of Cutter Insect Repellent, Rayovac batteries and other consumer products eliminated the COO position. Now, the Madison, Wisconsin-based company is considering reviving the job.

Fran Hawthorne CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations January 4 2014

How a Technology Start-Up Can Thrive Outside Silicon Valley

Clinton Phillips, the founder of Houston-based 2nd.MD, blogs his journey in creating a tech start-up outside its so-called “natural habitat.” In addition, he underscores how business leaders can get a better handle on reducing healthcare expenditure.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy December 22 2013

Three Easy Tips to Upgrade Your Vision Statement

Has your company’s vision statement lost its steam? Is it gathering dust? Do employees even know you have a vision statement?

Shelley Kirkpatrick CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy December 22 2013

New GM CEO Barra Is More Than a Symbol

The real reason Mary Barra was just named the next CEO of General Motors is reflected in another Motor City news development this week: GM vehicles scored three of the six finalist spots that were announced in the prestigious North American Car and Truck-Utility of the Year awards given at the Detroit auto show next month.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management December 15 2013

Higher Turnover and Increased Activist Intervention Complicate CEOs’ Lives

U.S. companies are switching CEOs at the fastest pace in five years as corporations such as Microsoft, Wal-Mart and GM deal with growth challenges, shifting customer tastes, competition from upstarts, and restive shareholders. Through the third quarter of 2013, 43 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index were working under new CEOs, according to executive recruiter Spencer Stuart. The year will likely exceed the 49 turnovers in 2011, the biggest for turnover since 2008.

ChiefExecutive.net Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management December 15 2013

Leaders Hold Key to Employee Performance, Not Ranking Systems

Stack ranking, a 30+-year-old, controversial HR practice, blazed into the headlines recently with Yahoo’s announcement of implementing a form of stack ranking in its quarterly performance review process. Meanwhile, Microsoft, which has been widely criticized by the public and its own employees for using stack ranking, saw the light, with its plan to eliminate its rank and yank system. All of which suggests that it’s a good time to review stack ranking.

Aubrey Daniels CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy December 15 2013

Should CEOs Fight Back Against Bad Press?

To fight or not to fight? Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk has hammered away at the media’s treatment of his electric-vehicle startup. This brilliant serial entrepreneur is not alone; many CEOs face the issue of bad press. Is this sort of resistance productive for CEOs and the companies they’re trying to protect?

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Marketing & Sales , Talent Management December 9 2013

Party Like it’s 2007

Corporate belts are loosening, according to Crain’s New York Business. 96 percent of companies nationwide are planning to have holiday parties. But is everyone popping champagne corks?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy December 9 2013

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