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8 Business Lessons From a 9-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Out of the mouths of babes—or at least 9-year-olds—can flow some pretty sage advice for CEOs and business chiefs. At least when it comes from Alina Morse, the founder of a startup company called Zollipops, which has received national acclaim for its innovative product—cavity-fighting lollipops. Here are 8 basic but timeless insights based on the Zollipops experience.

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9 Ways CEOs Can Build Successful Business Relationships

Two businessmen shake hands.

Almost everything you have accomplished or will ever accomplish as a CEO can be traced to the quality of your relationships …. with your employees, customers and partners. That being the case, you should never ever leave those relationships to chance. Build them. Nurture them. And strengthen them. Because there are very few things that will pay off as well as the quality of your relationships.

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7 Secrets to Reducing Leadership Stress

Stress in the workplace costs U.S. industry hundreds of millions of dollars every year and is linked to each of the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. And let’s not forget divorce. If not dealt with effectively, your performance—and your health—can degrade to the point of catastrophic leadership failure.

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5 Key Takeaways From the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

The annual World Economic Forum, which attracts hundreds of CEOs and policymakers from around the world to Davos, Switzerland every January, is considered by some to be the greatest concentration of public and private brainpower in the world. The panels and prognosticators gathered there always come up with prolific insights about the world to come. For CEOs who weren’t able to experience the forum firsthand, here are 5 key takeaways from the discussions.

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How the Shake Shack Is Capturing the Millennial Audience

The most talked-about IPO recently has been Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack (SHAK), opening at $21 a share before doubling. The offering has put one of New York’s most successful restaurateurs, until now best known for high-end brands such as Grammercy Tavern and Union Square Café, into the national spotlight at a time when well-known brands like McDonald’s seem uncertain.

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How the Bullish Dollar Is Challenging CEO Decision-Making

For many CEOs, the dollar’s rise can be a decidedly mixed blessing. And a bullish dollar can test the mettle of even the shrewdest business tactician. It’s possible, with quick action, however, to take advantage of the dollar’s rise or at least buffet companies against it. But the temptation to do so can also backlash fiercely.

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Strategic Agility: A Leadership Imperative for a Volatile World

Today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world threatens CEOs who don’t adapt. Still, many fight fires, exploit immediate gains and set plans as if the business landscape was stable—though it’s clearly not. To create sustainable value amid the high stakes of uncertainty, it’s imperative that leaders take a disciplined approach to honing their strategic agility.

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