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Business leaders, Millennials Agree on Worth of Sheepskin

There appears to be at least one thing new college graduates and established business leaders agree on these days: A college education is worth less and less in the job marketplace. Frustrated CEOs say colleges should do more to prepare students saying that merely having a degree doesn’t necessarily prepare them for the workforce.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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