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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

Lessons for CEOs on Barra’s Response to GM’s Crisis

Is it possible for a CEO to bear the brunt of responsibility with a crisis that festered before she was in charge? Can a company with a poor track record in corporate integrity ever do enough with new transparency measures to acquire a good reputation?

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy March 24 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

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

8 CEOs with Staying Power

The average tenure for a CEO in the U.S. holds is just over 8 years, which makes the enduring careers of corporate chiefs such as Reed Hastings, Rupert Murdoch and Larry Ellison all the more impressive. The chances of a company surviving 50 years are dauntingly slim. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that, of all private sector businesses started in 1994, only 24.6 percent were still in business sixteen years later in 2010.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 17 2014

The Quotable Mary Barra

Stanford Graduate School of Business is understandably proud of its alumni. The school compiled the following compendium of comments by the new head of General Motors who received her MBA from Stanford GSB in 1990. Barra discusses cars, leadership and the best advice she ever received.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 17 2014

5 Rules for CEOs to Simplify Their Job

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux, senior partner in charge of BCG’s Paris office. He says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. Speaking at the TED conference last year, Morieux outlined ways CEOs can cut the complexity down to size.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 17 2014

The CEO as Team Leader

The popular vision of the “lone hero” CEO leading the corporation to record profits is far from accurate in today’s increasingly complex operating environment. One individual simply cannot keep pace with the massive changes witnessed during the last five to ten years. To adapt, organizations are rapidly shifting to a shared-leadership model, where a carefully selected senior executive team aligns with the CEO to collectively drive the business forward.

Dr. Thomas J. Saporito Leadership & Strategy March 11 2014

Tesla “Gigafactory” Could Spur Innovation Across Industries

Landing the Tesla “gigafactory” will be an economic-development bonanza for one of the four states in the running. But beyond the borders of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or Nevada, the complex also could provide a huge innovation boost for the stubborn problem of increasing battery life in electric cars and unleash spinoff advancements in other electricity-related industries.

Dale Buss Innovation , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

Will Real Tech Innovation Emerge from Lightweight Materials Institute?

The University of Michigan and Ohio State University are bitter rivals on the football field and lots of other arenas. But as the lead institutions in the Defense Department’s new American Lightweight Materials Innovation Institute, they’ll have to get along in a new federally funded effort to advance the manufacturing and use of lightweight, high-performing metals and alloys.

Dale Buss Innovation , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing Newsletter March 10 2014

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