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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.

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When Is it Time to Go?

Company leaders who overstay their welcome ultimately hurt their organization's performance new research suggests. In addition, management expert Ram Charan argues in his latest book, “Boards that Lead,”that CEO tenure is dropping in part because of boards are no longer reluctant to pull the trigger, but also due to the fact that more and more CEOs are unable to navigate a necessary change of course.

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Does the CEO Have to be Attractive to Succeed?

Is beauty in the eye of the shareholder? In a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, hiring good-looking executives is good for the bottom line. The study, Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Values, deployed a ‘Facial Attractiveness Index’ to value the appearance of 677 chief executives from the S&P 500. "Attractive" bosses received better compensation – but more than that: share prices can rise if the CEO is "attractive."

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CEOs on Journal’s Most-Stressed List Aren’t All the Same

Dissatisfied activist investors helped put several heavyweight CEO pelts on the wall last year, including Procter & Gamble’s Bob McDonald, JCPenney’s Ron Johnson and Groupon’s Andrew Mason. So, despite record-high overall stock-market values lately, these hedge-fund maestros and other influential investors are sure to join with restive board members to put pressure on other CEOs in 2014.

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2014 Best Companies For Leaders

Each year since 2005, Chief Executive has sought to identify those companies that excel in leadership development. In partnership with Chally Group Worldwide, a Dayton, Ohio-based sales and leadership talent-management firm, and with the Human Capital Institute, we canvas world-class companies through a questionnaire and interviews in order to learn what companies are doing to identify and nurture people three or more levels down the chain from the CEO.

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